Formic Pro 2 Pack

Formic Pro 2 Pack

FORMIC PRO™ causes mortality to both male and female varroa under the brood cap as well as to the varroa on the adult bees. FORMIC PRO™  is to be used as part of an integrated pest management (IPM) program. FORMIC PRO is an extended shelf life formulation (24-months) and doesn’t require any temperature controlled storage.

FORMIC PROTM is a formic acid polysaccharide gel strip wrapped in eco-paper, which acts as a wick to control the release of the formic acid vapors. The excipients in the strips are saccharides. Appearance and texture of the strips may vary. Formic acid is commonly found in many plants and is a natural component of honey. The formulation concentrates Formic Acid to be an effective toxic bio-pesticide. Handle with care, following the use directions. Some brood mortality is to be expected early in the treatment, treatment may trigger supercedure of fragile queens. 

Resistance Management: Mites are not expected to develop resistance to Formic Acid. Rotation with other miticides is not necessary. FORMIC PROTM should not be used at the same time as other miticides. 

Timing: It is highly recommended to monitor phoretic mite levels monthly during periods of brood rearing and treat when local thresholds are reached. Treat during the colony population increase phase to protect the bees going into the honey flow. Treat during the colony decrease phase to protect the bees that will make up the winter cluster. In warmer climates additional treatments may be necessary due to longer brood rearing time. Missed treatments can lead to excessive varroa loads and may require more than one treatment. 

Hive Configuration: FORMIC PROTM is designed for use with standard Langstroth equipment or equivalent (e.g. Dadant), single or double brood chamber hives. The colony should be a minimum of 10,000 bees, covering approximately six 9” deep frames. An entrance must be provided that is the full width of the hive, typically the bottom board entrance, minimum height 1⁄2 inch. The bottom entrance must be fully open for the entire duration of treatment. Any restriction on the entrance into the brood chamber (e.g. reducer or mouse guard) must be removed to prevent excessive damage to the colonies. Screen bottom boards should be closed off during treatment to prevent formic acid vapor loss. Screen bottom boards should not be considered a source of fresh air as bees are not designed to move air up through the screen. 

APPLICATION: There are two options for applying the product. Select preferred treatment option after reading the Options section below. Outside daytime highs should be between 50 - 85°F on day of application. Hot temperatures (≥92°F during the first 3 days) may lead to excessive bee, brood and queen loss. Colonies should have good food reserves prior to treatment, and should not be fed in-hive during treatment. Do not disturb brood chamber frames during the application process. For hives with single or double brood chambers, place treatment on the top bars of the frames of the lower brood chamber. No additional spacer should be used.

Once the hive is prepared, carefully remove the strips from the sachet and separate the two strips. DO NOT REMOVE THE ECO-PAPER WRAP - IT ACTS AS A WICK. 

Option One: 14-day treatment 

Lay two strips, staggering them so they lay flat and across the full width of the lower brood chamber, in the heart of the brood rearing zone, with approximately 2 inches between strips and 4 inches between the ends of the brood chamber and the outer edges of the strips. Follow the Application Options pictogram. 

Add a honey super with frames at time of application if necessary to provide adequate space for strong colonies to expand, or if a honey flow is expected. It is acceptable to have queen excluders in place.
Allow a minimum of one month between applications. Do not mix with other miticides. 

Option Two: 20-day treatment 

On Day+0: Lay one strip across the frames in the center of the lower brood chamber, in the heart of the brood rearing zone. Follow the Application Options pictogram.
Add a honey super with frames at time of application if necessary to provide adequate space for strong colonies to expand, or if a honey flow is expected. It is acceptable to have queen excluders in place. 

On Day+10: Remove and replace with a second single strip. The application of the second strip may be delayed if weather conditions at day +10 do not allow for treatment. The second strip must be applied as soon as weather conditions permit to complete treatment. 

Post Application: Do not disturb the colony during the treatment period (exception: removing and replacing strip at day +10 as outlined in Option 2). Colonies are expected to expand the cluster as part of controlling vapor concentration during the first 3 days after product application. Bearding behavior may be observed. Natural honey bee emergence and mortality rate is approximately 1,500 bees per day. A one-day equivalent of natural mortality (i.e. 1,200- 1,500 bees or 2 cups) may be observed at the hive entrance during the treatment. Treatment may trigger supercedure of fragile queens, regardless of age. Check to ensure colonies are queen-right one full month after application. Spent strips do not need to be removed at the end of the treatment period. When removed, dispose of by composting when allowed by local regulations. Always follow applicable disposal regulations. 

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