Author: Heather Broccard-Bell, Ph.D., Honey Bee Health Researcher
Not all miticides are created equally—and no two apiaries are the same either. Yet, there are some common factors all beekeepers should carefully consider when deciding which product to use in their operations to control Varroa destructor.
Whether you have a few backyard hives or run a large commercial operation, regularly monitoring for mites (video) and developing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program will help ensure your colonies get the right treatment, at the right time. We encourage beekeepers everywhere to think critically about their treatment plans ensuring the health of their colonies—and honey bees worldwide.
MAQS+ has arrived in New Zealand!
MAQS+ are the newest Formic Acid polysaccharide gel strip for the treatment and control of Varroosis caused by the Varroa Destructor in Honey bees (Apis Mellifera). MAQS+ has a 24-month extended shelf life.
Protect your bees from Varroa Destructor with the newest highly effective organic treatment. Learn more nodglobal.com
To purchase, visit our exclusive New Zealand distributor Ecrotek.
All Natural Extended Shelf Life Product
Frankford, Ontario – NOD Apiary Products is pleased to announce the New Zealand registration of its newest all natural varroacide, MAQS+™. The new product features a 24-month shelf life that distributors and beekeepers in the New Zealand marketplace have been seeking.
“Since its first introduction to the global industry in 2011, millions of honey bee colonies worldwide have been effectively protected from mites by Mite Away Quick Strips™ (MAQS™); yet our distributors were seeking an additional product with more lenient storage conditions while continuing to provide to their customers all of the easy to use characteristics of MAQS™.
After years of testing and trialing NOD is responding by introducing our extended shelf life product, MAQS+™, allowing our beekeepers to continue to control Varroa mites naturally while providing better inventory capability for our distributors.” said Kathleen Ireland, Global Marketing Manager, NOD Apiary Products Ltd. “The entire company strives to deliver the most effective, sustainable varroacide to beekeepers. Our heartfelt thanks goes to those volunteer beekeepers that tested beta versions in the final stages of product development.”
The registration for MAQS+ is a full-dose (2 strips) 7-day treatment. MAQS+ has an average of 83-97% efficacy and causes mortality to a significant number of mites under the brood cap as well as adult mites on the bees. MAQS+ does not require temperature controlled storage.
MAQS+ is an all-natural product that is fully bio-degradable and can be used during the honey flow without leaving residues in the honey or wax. In New Zealand, there is a 14-day withdrawal post treatment. MAQS+ is organically certified through BioGro NZ.
To learn more about MAQS+ visit the New Zealand (Aotearoa) website https://nodglobal.com/maqsplus
Pricing and Availability
MAQS+™ will be available through Ecrotek Beekeeping Supplies. www.ecrotek.co.nz 0800-11-77-66. The first shipment is set to leave Canada by the end of September.
On the horizon is another invasive mite of the honey bee: Tropilaelaps. NOD has been working with researchers in Thailand, testing MAQS+™ against these mites. Our product proved to be the most effective. Incursions of this mite are being monitored in New Zealand. Should it appear, with an amendment to the label the beekeepers will have a readily available tool to control it.
About NOD Apiary Products ltd.
NOD Apiary Products Ltd. is a Canadian company formed in 1997 by beekeepers. Honeybee and animal health is our focus. The founders at NOD saw formic acid as the active ingredient most likely to be developed into a practical, sustainable miticide for the beekeeping industry. Properly formulated, it could control varroa and tracheal mites, protect the image of honey as a wholesome food, and leave no residues in the hive components.
Our global reach at NOD Apiary Products Ltd. continues with operating subsidiaries in the United States, NOD Apiary Products USA Inc. and in Europe, NOD Europe Ltd., to be able to serve the beekeepers in that region.
NOD Apiary Products was awarded the Ontario Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, 2006, Innovation Project of the Year, 2008 and Agri Business of the Year, 2011. Our passion is honey bee health and young livestock wellness, and as such, we are dedicated to environmental stewardship.
NOD Apiary Products Ltd.
Kerri Lott, Marketing Manager
Tel: +1-613-398-8422 ext. 205