Worker bees climb into the Apiguard tray, remove the gel as a hive cleaning behaviour and distribute it throughout the colony. The gel sticks to the bees body hairs and as the bees move through the hive, particles are left throughout the hive. The worker eventually throws out the gel it is carrying, but the traces remain until they too are removed later.
Apiguard is extremely easy to use:
- Place the opened tray face upwards in the top of brood frames, preferably centred over the colony.
- After 10 days examine the tray and if it is almost empty, replace with a second tray. If there is product left in the tray after 10 days leave until day 14 and then replace.
- Leave the second tray in position for a further 2-4 weeks and treatment has been completed (duration of treatment therefore lasts 4-6 weeks).
- Apiguard works best in temperatures above 15°C. But it is also effective at lower temperatures even though the gel takes longer to evaporate and the gel needs to be left I place for longer.
Sold in boxes of 10 trays. You need 2 trays per hive.