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  1. #1
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    Default apivar and menthol

    can apivar and menthol both be used at the same time

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    Default Re: apivar and menthol

    Well they are two totally different products. Or are you thinking of Api-life-var?

    If you are thinking of Apivar, it could be used with menthol, although there would be no point, the Apivar will work fine without menthol. As a general rule with pest control IPM, you use one product targeted at a particular thing, at a time. That's because if you throw everything at them at the same time, when immunity happens you have nothing left.

    If you are thinking of Api-life-var and menthol, they are both EO's so no harm in using them together, from an immunity point of view.
    Last edited by Oldtimer; 06-17-2013 at 03:58 PM.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    Default Re: apivar and menthol

    Apivar for varroa, menthol for tracheal mites... so I see no reason why not. Although I don't think that tracheal are that big of a deal in tn, or are they?

    Jean-Marc

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    Default Re: apivar and menthol

    I am following my recommendations from a older bee keeper in my club how ever you are not the first to make the comment that tracheal mites are not a real problem in my area so now what do I do more research and more confusing answers thanks for your input

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    Default Re: apivar and menthol

    Essentially the bees in the U.S. adjusted to the tracheal mites and levels are lower than when they first appeared. So a 20-30% tracheal mite infestation level in southern U.S. is not a bid deal. However that same 20-30% infestation level in Canada will assure you of a 20-30% higher loss than normal.

    Jean-Marc

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