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DIRECTIONS FOR USE –
Mite Away Quick Strips® It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.
Do not apply this product in a way that will contact workers or other persons, either directly or through drift. Only protected handlers may be in the area during application. For any requirements specific to your State or Tribe, consult the State or Tribal agency responsible for pesticide regulation. General Information The varroa mites reproduce and feed on the pupating honeybee larvae developing under the brood caps, transmitting viruses that cause deformities and weakens the bees, leading to colony collapse. Mite Away Quick Strips® kills both the male and female varroa under the brood cap as well as the varroa on the adult bees. If the male mites are killed before reaching sexual maturity surviving sister offspring will be infertile. Mite Away Quick Strips® treats varroa as a brood disease. The treatment period is 7 days. Mite Away Quick Strips® is whitish-to-caramel coloured flat rectangular saccharide gel strip in a laminated paper wrap formulation of formic acid, a biopesticide active ingredientthat is a component of honey. Appearance and texture of the strips may vary.
Two treatment options are available.
Option 1: Full dose (1 sachet, 2 strips). A full dose can be used anytime of year when conditions herein are met. It is very important to protect the bees that will make up the winter cluster, so a full dose treatment applied late summer, while a honey super is still on, is highly recommended. Use Mite Away Quick Strips® as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Treat only if treatment thresholds are reached. Mite Away Quick Strips® are designed for use with standard Langstroth equipment or equivalent (e.g. Dadant), single or double brood-chamber hives, colony cluster covering a minimum of 6 frames (approximately 10,000 bees). Colonies should have good food reserves at start of treatment, and should not be fed during the treatment period. The treatment period is 7 days, treatment ends at day 7. Outside daytime temperature highs should be between 50 - 85°F on day application. Hot temperatures (>92°F) during the first three days may cause excessive brood mortality and queen loss. Some brood mortality and bee mortality may be observed. Do not destroy queen cells that may be observed prior to or post treatment. Supersedure, even if thought to be set in motion by treatment, is a natural process, and should be allowed to proceed for the health of the colony. Verify queen right one month after spring or early summer treatments. Mother and daughter queens present post-treatment is not uncommon. APPLICATION: Disturb colony activity as little as possible during the application process. Colonies require adequate access to fresh air during treatment. An entrance must be provided that is the full width of the hive, typically the bottom board entrance, minimum height 0.5 inches. The bottom hive entrance needs to be fully open for the entire duration of treatment. Any restriction on the hive entrance (reducer or mouse guard) must be removed to prevent excessive damage to the colonies. Carefully remove the 2 Mite Away Quick Strips® from the sachet by cutting across one end, then lifting the seal so the plastic comes away from the strips. Then cut along the seal line the length of the sachet. Carefully separate the strips, taking care to leave the paper wraps on. For hives with single brood chambers lay the strips across the top bars of the frames of the brood chambers, staggering them so they lay flat and across the full width of the hive body, with approximately 2 inches between strips and 4 inches between the ends of the brood chamber and outer edges of the strips. For hives with two brood chambers place the strips, as described above, on the frame top bars of the lower hive body, so the strips are in-between the brood chambers. Colonies are expected to expand the cluster as part of controlling vapour concentration during the first 3 days of treatment, bearding behaviour may be observed. Put on a honey super if required to provide adequate space for strong colonies to expand of if a honey flow is expected. It is acceptable to have queen excluders in place. Do not disturb the colony for 7 days. Spent strips need not be removed after treatment. If they are removed, dispose of by composting. Treat all colonies in the apiary at the same time. Allow a minimum of one month between applications.
Option 2: Half dose (1 strip). Apply a single Mite Away Quick Strip ® every two to six weeks throughout the bee - keeping season, following the same hive configurations, food reserves, temperature, and handling constraints as set out in Option 1.
STORAGE AND DISPOSAL
Do not contaminate water, food, or feed by storage or disposal. PESTICIDE STORAGE: Store indoors, in original container, out of direct sunlight, in a cool (under 77°F), dry, and well-ventilated area away from sulphuric acid, oxidizing agents, and sources of ignition and away from the reach of children. Avoid heat, sparks, and open flames. Do not eat, drink or smoke in areas of use or storage. Use caution when opening the container, especially in warm weather, i.e.; open outdoors and stay up - wind. Keep separate to prevent cross-contamination of other pesticides, fertilizer, food, or feed. FOR DISPOSAL OF UNUSED, UNWANTED, OR DAMAGED PRODUCT: CONTACT THE MANUFACTURER or the National Pesticide Information Center at 800-858-7378 (www.npic.orst.edu). CONTAINER HANDLING: Non-refillable container. Do not reuse or refill this container. Place in trash or offer for recycling if available. If partly filled: Call your local solid waste agency or (800-858-7378/www.npic.orst. edu) for disposal instructions. PLASTIC BAG (OUTER WRAP) DISPOSAL: Rinse or air dry empty outer pouch, wearing PPE, and then dispose in a sanitary landfill or by inciner - ation, or, if allowed by state and local authorities, by burning. If burned, stay out of smoke. Pesticide wastes are acutely hazardous. Improper disposal of excess pesticide, spray mixture, or rinsate is a violation of Federal Law. If these wastes cannot be disposed of by use according to label instruc - tions, contact your State Pesticide or Environmental Control Agency, or the Hazardous Waste Representative at the nearest EPA Regional Office for guidance.
Precautionary Statements FIRST AID STATEMENT If inhaled • Move person to fresh air. • If a person is not breathing, call 911 or an ambulance, then give artificial respiration, preferably by mouth-to-mouth, if possible. • Call a poison control center or doctor for further treatment advice. If on skin or clothing • Take off contaminated clothing. • Rinse skin immediately with plenty of water for 15-20 minutes. • Call a poison center or doctor for treatment advice. If in eyes • Hold eye open and rinse slowly and gently with water for 15-20 minutes. • Remove contact lenses, if present, after the first 5 minutes, then continue rinsing eye. • Call a poison center or doctor for treatment advice. If swallowed • Call a poison control center or doctor for further treatment advice. • Have a person sip a glass of water if able to swallow. • Do not induce vomiting unless told to do so by the poison control center or doctor. • Do not give anything to an unconscious person. Poison Control Center HOT LINE NUMBER 1-800-222-1222 Have the product container with you when calling a poison control center or doctor, or going for treatment. NOTE TO PHYSICIAN: Probable mucosal damage may contraindicate the use of gastric lavage. HAZARDOUS TO HUMANS AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS DANGER - PELIGRO Corrosive. Causes skin burns and irreversible eye damage. Harmful if swallowed. Harmful if absorbed through the skin. Do not get in eyes, on skin, or on clothing. Harmful if inhaled. Avoid breathing vapour. Applicators and other handlers must wear coveralls over a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, socks and shoes, acid resistant gloves (PVC, neoprene, or nitrile), and protective eyewear. Remove and wash clothing before reuse. Wash skin thoroughly with soap and water after handling and before eating, drinking, chewing gum, using tobacco or using the toilet. ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS For terrestrial use: Do not apply directly to water or to areas where surface water is present or to intertidal areas below the mean high water mark. Do not contaminate water when disposing of used container, wash water or rinsate.