Mite Away Quick Strips are Formic Acid polysaccharide gel strips for the treatment and control of Varroosis caused by the Varroa destructor in Honey bees (Apis mellifera). MAQS requires a single application of two strips as a full dose to reduce the number of varroa mites for one season, or a single strip (half dose) to reduce the number of varroa mites for up to 6 weeks.
Formic Acid is a very common acid in the environment and is part of many foods and drinks, such as coffee and honey! It is coveted as a sterilizer in hospital settings, and is used as an additive to acidify milk formula for calves. As well, Formic Acid is one of nature’s defense chemicals, found in plants (nettles) and ant venom.
The Formic Acid molecule is small enough in structure to safely and effectively penetrate the Honey bee brood cap. NOD Apiary products has capitalized on this circumstance and developed MAQS, a Varroa treatment that targets mites where they reproduce, under the cap.
Net Contents: 2 Doses (4 Strips) – Use for a spring or fall treatment for two hives or spring/fall treatment for one hive.
10 Dose Treatment Pail:
Net Contents: 10 Doses (20 Strips) – Use for a spring or fall treatment for multiple hives or purchase pail with a friend to split the doses.
- Reliable – No mite resistance to Formic Acid has been observed
- Residue Free – Formic Acid evaporates within the 7 day treatment window
- Environmentally friendly and compostable
Implement a dedicated MAQS IPM Program.
Good Nutrition + MAQS = Healthy Bees
Follow this IPM program to ensure healthy colonies.
- Feed your bees to stimulate brood production
- Once bees start flying regularly, monitor your colonies for Varroa mites
- Protect the new brood with a spring treatment of MAQS (4-6 weeks prior to main honey flow)
Beekeeping is local – know your zone.
- This is the time to treat with MAQS to protect the bees that will make up the winter cluster
- Treat while the last honey super in still on
- Feed your colonies after the MAQS treatment, or leave enough honey stores on to get your bees through the winter
Always read and follow the label directions.
Active Ingredient: Formic Acid 46.7%
EPA Regulation Number: 75710-2