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Bee nutrition and bee health are critical to maintaining a healthy bee population. We stock a range of products to assist you to keep your bees healthy. 



palamountains Vita Bee

HPMVB
HPMVB

A nutritional supplement providing essential nutrients for assisting in the overall health of bees.

palaMOUNTAINS Vita Bee has been scientifically formulated by a Massey University Food Scientist, Associate Professor Brian Wilkinson. The aim is to support the health and vitality of honey bees in the PRE and POST of the honey flow. This unique formulation provides essential dietary nutrients that are required in a bio available form.


Fogger Starter Pack

HVTFGRSP
HVTFGRSP

A great pack to get you started treating varroa mites using the fogging method with Food Grade Mineral Oil. The food grade mineral oil is heated to produce a white fog. The droplets are 15 microns, big enough not to harm the bees, but the oil coats the spiracles of the Varroa, and they die by suffocation.Foggers can be used at any time of the year. They are a great help during December to March when there are honey flows.

The starter pack contains:

  • 1 Mini Gas Fogger (Korean Model)
  • 1 Litre bottle of Food Grade Mineral Oil with Safety Data Sheet. PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING. See also link below for a PDF of this information.
  • 1 220g Butane Gas Cartridge
  • A set of notes and helpful tips for using the fogger. See also link below for a PDF of this information.
PLEASE READ ALL NOTES, INSTRUCTIONS AND THE SAFETY DATA SHEET BEFORE YOU BEGIN.

 


Food Grade Mineral Oil

HVTFMO
HVTFMO
Food Grade Mineral Oil and Safety Data Sheet. PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING PRODUCT!

For use with a fogger. The droplets are 15 microns, big enough not to harm the bees, but the oil coats the spiracles of the Varroa, and they die by suffocation. 

Food Grade Mineral Oil and Using Foggers - Korean Model
 

Apistan Varroa Mite Treatment

HVTAP
HVTAP

The most effective and reliable Varroa treatment.
Apistan® the standard against which other treatments are measured.

Registered bee medication in over 40 countries worldwide.
• Eliminates up to 100% of all mites in a hive.
• Strips can be used in a hive for up to 8 weeks.
• Will not give sub-lethal dose during 8 week period - controlled release combined with therapeutic dosage, used correctly will not promote resistance in mites.
• Apistan is that effective that it can resurrect hives that are collapsing from parasitic mite syndrome.
• Economic to use, only two strips per brood box required.
• Long shelf life.
• Apistan is not affected by removal from its packaging and can be repacked for use if necessary.
• Packed 10 strips per sealed foil pouch, 10 pouches per carton. Price per pouch.

Unfortunately, mis-use of pyrethroids has accelerated natural biological processes which means that in some areas resistant mites have developed. Resistance to Synthetic Pyrethroids has been scientifically confirmed in a yard of beehives in Northland.

This may not be an isolated instance. Please ALTERNATE your treatments!

We recommend Apivar or Apiguard in the Spring and Apistan or Bayvarol in the Autumn.

Since the 1980's Apistan has been the benchmark treatment.

For more information on Apistan please check the Vita Europe website: 
http://www.vita-europe.com/beehealth/products/apistan/


Apivar

HVTAV
HVTAV

Apivar ® by Veto-pharma

Registered bee medication in 35+ countries worldwide.

• Proven safe and effective for more than 22 years - kills up to 99% of mites in 1 application.
• Trusted by NZ Beekeepers for over 15 years
• Unique controlled release technology over the full 6 to 10 week treatment period
• No negative effect on brood or queens. (Independently verified in scientific studies)
• No evidence of resistance anywhere worldwide
• Manufactured in France to the highest pharmaceutical standards
• Not a Synthetic Pyrethoid. Unique chemical class and mode of action.
• Economic to use. Each pouch contains 10 strips. Only two strips per brood box required.

The active ingredient in Apivar is Amitraz. This means that it is an ideal alternative treatment to use with Apistan or Bayvarol. For additional information please click on the links below:




 


Apiguard

HVTAG
HVTAG

Apiguard is thymol in a slow-release gel used to control varroa mites in honeybee colonies.

Thymol is derived from thyme oil and is an approved organic treatment.
Apiguard works both as a fumigant and by contact, 2 trays per treatment as per box instructions.

To ensure optimal efficacy we recommend placing a spacer on top of the brood box where the trays are placed. This creates more space to enable the bees to contact the gel.

Sold as individual 50g trays, in boxes of 10 x 50g trays , and in multiples of 10 trays.

OR

3kg tubs - comes with a measuring scoop and cardboard squares to place treatment on.
(Enough gel for 30 treatments @ 2x50g treatments).

Apiguard - Frequently Asked Questions

For more information on Apiguard please check the Vita Europe website:

http://www.vita-europe.com/beehealth/products/apiguard/

 

 


Apiguard Spacer

HVTAGR
HVTAGR

21.5mm wide rim (kitset) to create space for the Apiguard on cardboard mats or trays.

Allows the bees the extra space for contacting the Apiguard gel.

As it is sent as a kitset it will need to be stapled or tacked together.


Bayvarol

HVTBA
HVTBA

Bayvarol is a synthetic pyrethroid strip treatment.

• Do not under dose - use four strips per brood box to ensure effective knock down.
• Place strips in the correct position in the brood box i.e. next to brood frames.
• Do not leave in for too long - treat for 6 to 8 weeks.
• Remove strips immediately at 8 weeks - delaying removal helps Varroa mites to develop resistance through exposure to sub lethal doses.
• Packed 20 strips per box in foil pouches, 

Unfortunately, mis-use of pyrethroids has accelerated natural biological processes which means that in some areas resistant mites have developed. 

 

 


Oxalic Acid

HVTOXA
HVTOXA

Oxalic Acid - 250g container with Safety Data Sheet. PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING PRODUCT!

Oxalic Acid is used as an organic method of treating the Varroa mite either by:

When handling or using oxalic acid as a varroa treatment we recommend that you wear a properly fitted and approved respirator and use chemical gloves as well as wearing protective clothing. See links below.

 


American Foulbrood Test Kit

AFBTKS
AFBTKS

The Vita American Foulbrood (AFB) Diagnostic Test Kit enables beekeepers and bee inspectors to test for AFB in honeybee larvae and to obtain the results immediately and easily in the apiary.

Key Facts:

  • Diagnostic kit works like a home pregnancy test
  • Generates immediate results
  • Reacts specifically to antibodies associated with the pathogen Paenibacillus larvaesubsp. larvae which causes AFB in honeybees
For more information on the AFB test kits please check the Vita Europe website: 
www.vita-europe.com/products/afb-diagnostic-test-kit/

A simple and effective way to test your hive for AFB. One time use only.

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