Working with beekeepers all over the world this new strip formulation of formic acid not only kills adult Varroa mites but also kills 95% of the varroa under the cappings. Treatment consists of simply laying the strips across the frames for only 7 days with the daytime temparatures of 50-92 degrees F. Can be applied during honey flow and leaves no residue. Leave it on the hive for the bees to dispose of or the strips can be removed and composed. Note: Do not remove the papery wick around the gel. This product can not be shipped outside the US.
I used this product this past fall and had excellent results. I made sure the bottom entrance was fully open and if screened bottoms they were open also I put the strips on the very top super since the fumes sink toward the ground. Almost no die off and no queen loss, The bees do want to hang on the outside of the hive the first day but then return and resume normal activity. Zero loss this winter after 90% loss last year with another so called natural product
- will booher, WV
I used this product as directed and killed over half my bees in one hive and 50% in my other. Queen dead in one hive and with a miracle the second mY have survived.waiting to inspect weather permitting. Would not reccomend this product.
- Reuben Sizemore, KY
Update on earlier review
Since my initial use, the quickstrip release mechanism has been improved. After my first year, and burning all my nose hairs, I tried another product the next year...results wer disasterous with 75% losses to winter. Have been using MA Quickstrips , and withthe new formula, they are easier to apply, less caustic to the nose, and did NOT notice any die-offs or queen supercedure. Highly recommend this produce, as efficacious, safe, and easy to use. I use it early August here in the PNW, and other treatmenmts as indicated during the year. I do not use just one type of treatment to dleay resistance from developing. So far, 18 of 19 hives still alive in March.
- Jeff Thompson, WA
Killed the colonies
This is my first and last use of this product. I had 9 hives. I treated them as directed. I now have one hive. The queens in 8 hives are dead along with almost all of the bees.
thomas family apiaries
Not happy with this product, followed all instructions, first time using product. All queens in hives this product was used in were lost, not satisfied.
- jeffery e thomas, NJ
When I use it, there is about a 50/50 chance I will lose the queen. The paper wrapped patties are hard to separate without tearing the paper. Even slightly torn papers add to the problem of queen death. I have found that it is best to leave an opening at the top of the hive to let excess fumes escape for the first day so as not to kill the queen. Even that is no guarantee. Removing the queen completely for the first two days would cure the problem. I use them because they are an organic treatment that doesnt affect honey, but I have learned that they are very risky if you dont take precautions. I am a hobby beekeeper with only 5 hives in a residential area and have been beekeeping for 7 years.
- April, CA
2nd year beekeeper. I ordered and used MAQS on three of my hives this spring after finding VERY heavy mite loads in those hives. I followed the instructions and I recently checked my hives and I have no mites. Very happy with this product. There is definitely some die-off, but its much better than losing the whole colony. Excellent product.
Worked well for my operation of about a dozen hives. No problems at all. Be very careful when handling product as the fumes are very strong.
- Rhett, GA
I purchased this product this year and the bees hate it. I put them in just as instructed and lost one new hive early this summer becuse of them. I tried them again last week and ended up taking them back out just so the bees would go back in the hive. If anyone has any advice on this product that could be of any use Im all ears!!!
I used this product during the summer when temps were almost too high but we had a window of 3 days of cooler weather. Pads are hard to get out of bag. Be careful when opening pail because of fumes. I put an extra super on large colonies to give more internal cluster space. Very few dead bees and a very small amount of dead brood. No bad effect on queens. Good mite control and now mid winter these colonies are my best ones.
- C Anderson, SC
easy to use but de careful
Applied to 3 hives. First, be careful when opening the bucket. Fumes emminate upward from newly opened bucket and are strong. Would suggest a chemical respirater and chemical resistant gloves -at least nitrile -be worn. There are TWO -2- pads per bag, so plan the number you will need accordingly. The covers were tough to cut with heavy gloves over my nitriles, but this may be partial the scizzors fault. If I were doing this again, I would suit up with a respirator under my veil and after opening the pail -at shoulders height with arms outstretched-, cut open the number of bags I needed BEFORE going to the apiary. I would keep the pads in the bag and the bags in the pail until I placed them on the top bar. -----
I had a small die off the next morning 100 to 300 bees per hive ,but this may have been a coincidence due to seasonal change in weather and time of year, and not due to the product. Effect on mites, not yet known.