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The API LIFE VAR formulation of Thymol is formulated as an evaporating tablet. Tablets are sealed in polyethylene type bags. When used as directed API LIFE VAR provides suppression of Varroa mite in colonies of honey bees. Applications of API LIFE VAR may be made in any season (spring/summer/fall/winter) in which all applicable restrictions, precautions and directions for use can be followed. Do not use when honey supers are in place to prevent excessive residues in marketable honey or wax. Use when average daily temperatures are between 59o F and 69o F. Do not apply the treatment when bees are robbing. Colony Treatment (8 to 20 full- size Langstroth frames or equivalent) Two treatments per year may be made.
A treatment (3 tablets) consists of the following: Take one tablet and break into four equal pieces. Place pieces on the top corners of the hive body. Avoid placing pieces directly above the brood nest. After 7-10 days, replace with a fresh tablet broken into pieces as above.
Repeat procedure again, 7-10 days later and leave last tablet for 12 days. After 12 days remove residuals from colony. To prevent the bees from gnawing the tablet, either enclose each piece of tablet in an envelope of screen wire (8 mesh/inch), or place the uncovered pieces above a sheet of metal screen that prevents bees from contacting it.
Remove Api Life VAR tablets from hive at least 1 month (30 days) prior to harvesting the honey. Do not use during honey flows. Do not use when surplus honey supers are installed on the hives. Do not harvest honey from brood chambers or colony feed supers. Do not use API LIFE VAR at temperatures above 90o F. NOTES: • Use of API LIFE VAR is most effective when less sealed brood is present. • At higher concentrations, thymol residues may impart off-flavors to honey. To minimize residues, carefully follow all label directions and restrictions. The potential for off-flavors can be further reduced by increasing the PHI and/or by delaying the replacement of surplus honey supers after the treatment is completed. • The use of API LIFE VAR at average daily temperatures below 54o F may result in less control of Varroa mites. • The use of Api Life VAR at higher than recommended temperatures (over 900 F) may increase the potential for brood or bee mortality. Closely adhering to the label directions will minimize adverse effects. The benefits of Varroa mite control will usually greatly exceed the effects of limited mortality. However, since not every possible combination of colony and environmental conditions have been replicated in experimental trials, beekeepers should follow all directions and monitor colonies for unusual conditions or signs of colony stress. • For best results, the colony should be as compact as possible during treatment. Combine weak colonies before treatment.
PRECAUTIONARY STATEMENTS HAZARDS TO HUMANS AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS DANGER Corrosive. Causes irreversible eye damage and skin irritation. Harmful if swallowed, absorbed through skin, or inhaled. Avoid breathing vapors. Do not get in eyes, on skin or on clothing. Use a NIOSH approved dust/mist filtering respirator(with any N,R,P or HE filter)when handling tablets. Wear protective eyewear (face shield) and chemical-resistant gloves [comparable beekeeping equipment (eg: beekeeping gloves, bee veil with goggles or safety glasses) and bee suits may be used as personal protective equipment]. Wash thoroughly with soap and water after the completion of activities that include handling this product and before eating, drinking, chewing gum, using tobacco, or using the toilet.
Remove contaminated clothing and wash clothing before reuse. User Safety Recommendations: Users should:
• Wash hands before eating, drinking, chewing gum, using tobacco, or using the toilet.
• Users should remove clothing/PPE immediately if pesticide gets inside. Then wash thoroughly and put on clean clothing.
• Users should remove PPE after the completion of operations that include handling this product. As soon as possible, wash thoroughly and change into clean clothing.