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MAQs

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Expiry: 11/22. Mite Away Quick Strips (MAQS) are polysaccharide gel strips containing 68.2g of Formic acid, an acid found in nature used as a defence mechanism by ants. The MAQS strips can be placed in the hive during a honey flow and will leave no trace. The main ingredients are food grade sugar and starch with a compostable paper wrap. Formic acid, the active ingredient in MAQS is toxic to the varroa mite and kills the mites where they reproduce, under the brood cap.

When is best to use?

MAQS can be used throughout the active season but is best applied to the hive when the outdoor temperature is above 10°C. MAQS will have the most impact on the varroa in your hive when the outdoor temperature is between 15-25°C.

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Simple strips

Easy to apply, simply lay in the hive and leave.

VMD-approved

A VMD-registered treatment for use in the UK.

Works during honeyflow

Zero withdrawal period, can be applied during honeyflow.

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Yes, MAQS can be used when you have honey supers on. It does not flavour or taint the honey in any way and infact it is advisable to leave a colony with at least a super on the hive to ensure that there are stores of food. If a super is left on the hive this gives the added benefit of space for the bees to move up into should they need it. If there are no supers on the hive, another option is to leave an empty box for space.

MAQS strips are composed of food-grade, biodegradable ingredients that house the active ingredient formic acid. The bulk of the formulation ingredients are food grade sugar and starch with a compostable paper wrap. These ingredients are safe to use on your hive and will not be absorbed into the honey. The strips can simply be left on
the hive and they will disintegrate. If you take them out of the hive after treatment, they can be composted and will break down safely with the other organic material in your garden waste.

Yes. Formic acid occurs naturally in honey at levels is up to over 2,000 parts per million (ppm). The formic acid concentration in the hive atmosphere during treatment with MAQS is well below 100 ppm, so MAQS has no effect on the natural level of formic acid in the honey.

It’s not recommended to freeze MAQS as this does not prolong its shelf life. Storage of MAQS at a colder temperature will ensure that MAQS is kept fresh throughout the 12-month shelf life of the product. MAQS must be stored below 25°C and out of direct sunlight. MAQS should be stored in a dry place in the original container in a well ventilated area, away from sulphuric acid, oxidizing agents, and sources of ignition. Keep the container tightly closed. One sachet (inner packaging) is opened, use the strips immediately.

No, it's imperative that adequate ventilation in the hive is in place throughout the treatment. If enough fresh air isn't allowed to circulate, problems can occur such as a colony absconding and queen loss. Leaving the open mesh floor open is a good way to ensure there is enough ventilation in the hive.

A study by Randy Oliver found a 4-5% reduction in efficacy from an open mesh floor over a solid floor, but both had over a 90% drop in varroa mite loads. Ventilation is much more important than a minor efficacy reduction. At an absolute minimum, we recommend that the entrance block is removed from the brood box. If the colony is
running on a double brood box, you can also set the second brood box back to create a temporary entrance that will increase ventilation.

How do MAQs strips work?

Formic acid is gradually released as vapour thanks to the Ecoflex® wrapping. This penetrates the brood cap and kills the mites, mostly in 3 days. No residues are left, so honey supers can be left in and harvested the day after treatment.

how to use

1. Remove entrance block

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