EPA Formally Issues Section 3 Registration for Apivar®
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been reviewing the registration for Apivar® in an expedited manner and has formally issued a Section 3 registration for the product. Arysta LifeScience was notified on March 11, 2013, of the conditional approval of Apivar® under a registration number of 87243-1 and will be undergoing registration review. As such, individual states will no longer have to file for Section 18 registration of the product.
This will be a big help to all beekeepers across the country in our fight to control Varroa mites. Apivar® is formulated as a sustained release plastic strip impregnated with 3.33 percent amitraz (0.5 g active ingredient per strip) manufactured by WYJOLAB for Veto-Pharma S.A. All applicable directions, restrictions and precautions on the product label must be followed.
To control Varroa mites, remove honey supers before application of Apivar®, use two (2) strips per brood chamber with a minimum distance of two (2) frames between strips. Bees should walk on the strips. Leave strips in the boxes for 42 days, then remove. Reposition as needed so bees stay in contact, then leave for 14 more days. Strips must be removed after a maximum of 56 days.
A maximum of two (2) treatments, spring and fall, may be made per year if varroa mite infestation reaches treatment thresholds. Honey supers cannot be on when strips are used, and cannot be replaced until 14 days after strip removal. Protective gloves are required. Total residues of amitraz in honey and beeswax are not expected to exceed 0.2 and 9 ppm, respectively.