Api-Bioxal is a product produced by an Italian company based on Oxalic Acid and is used as a treatment for honeybees to kill the varroa mite. Api-Bioxal is an acaricide (a pesticide that kill members of the arachnid subclass Acari, which includes ticks and mites) and comes in a soluble powder.
OXALIC ACID is one of the most common and best natural acaricides.
In Ireland The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have sanctioned the use of Api-Bioxal
Why use it.
It kills varroa.
Over the years the varroa mite has developed a resiistance to treatments such as Bayvarol. Along with an integrated pest management system and a primary autumn treatment of Bayvarol or Apiguard the beekeeper can use Api-Bioxal to reduce the varroa mite population.
When to use it
Api-bioxal is used as a supplementary treatment during the broodless period in winter by vaporiser or trickling (late December and Early January).
It works best on colonies that are broodless. The presence of brood may reduce noticeably the efficacy of API-Bioxal.
Do the treatments without supers.
All colonies in the same apiary should be treated simultaneously to avoid reinfestations.
Do not use simultaneously with other acaricides.