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OK, so long story short, Apivar is grossly over priced. At $3 per strip, and $12-15 per colony for a single treatment, it's the most expensive mite treatment available.

However, this doesn't have to be the case. One can simply make their own Apivar strips.

One can purchase Taktic/Amitraz, enough to make 1000 strips for approximately $100.

The question is now: how to make the time released strips, or material to place in the hives?

Are there any insiders here who work for Apivar or Mann lake, or another bee keeping company who know what type of material the apivar strips contain?

Edit. This is just a "theoretical discussion" on how to save a bunch of $$$$$.

Perhaps a local beekeeping supply store will see this thread, and realize how easy it is to make apivar strips, and then make a competitor product that charges only $1 per strip.
 

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You won't gain traction here, making apistan treatments is best left to the pros. It costs a lot for a reason.
 

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Are there any insiders here who work for Apivar or Mann lake, or another bee keeping company who know what type of material the apivar strips contain?
The public information I have available is that Apivar is a acaricide produced by a French company, VETO PHARMA, and the components of each strip is 0.5 g of amitraz and ethylene vinyl acetate as excipient.
 

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The public information I have available is that Apivar is a acaricide produced by a French company, VETO PHARMA, and the components of each strip is 0.5 g of amitraz and ethylene vinyl acetate as excipient.
Good luck trying to make that at home ;)


similar issue to the illegal use oxytet and oav with honey supers on the hive...
Never heard of oxytet.
 

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similar issue to the illegal use oxytet and oav with honey supers on the hive...
One would assume that everyone here would know better than to apply apivar or Taktic/Amitraz ingredients with honey supers present?
 

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The public information I have available is that Apivar is a acaricide produced by a French company, VETO PHARMA, and the components of each strip is 0.5 g of amitraz and ethylene vinyl acetate as excipient.
In theory:

No need to make, one can buy the powder, and heat it up a bit to make a strip, and then insert the pesticide when it cools down to a workable temperature.

Most plastics begin to melt at relatively low temperatures.

It's basically just a plastic, and it needs to be heated, molded, and then the Taktic/Amitraz mixed into the mold with the plastic.

https://www.polysciences.com/defaul...rs/poly-eva-poly-evoh/ethylene-vinyl-acetate/
 

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