Medications Overview

The following is a summary guide to medication usage. Be sure to follow specific label directions for each medication type.

Medications/Usage Duration Method Timing
Api Life VAR
3 treaments:
7-10 day intervals
third leave 12 days
Take 1 tablet and break into 4 pieces. Place pieces on the top corners of the hive body. Aviod placing piece directly above brood nest. Do not use when honey supers are on. Can apply in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Apply when average daily temperatures are between 59°F – 69°F. Do not apply when bees are robbing.
(Also benefits in the control of Tracheal mites)
Two treatments:
1st: 12-14 days
2nd: 2-4 weeks
Place delivery tray on top of top bar frames. A 1/4" space is needed. Close screened BB and vent holes. Should be applied during the Fall, unless infestation is severe.
Temperatures 60°F – 105°F. Don’t apply when honey supers are on.
Mite-Away II
21 days Apply 1 1/2" spacer to top of brood box and spacer sticks. Apply pad with holes facing downward. Be sure to close off screened BB and vent holes, leaving bottom entrance open. Early Spring or Fall, prior to or after honey flow. Cannot be used with honey supers on.
Recommended usage: when daytime temperatures are 50°F – 79°F. Avoid use when temps rise above 79°F
42-56 days 1 strip per 5 frames of bees. When temperatures are above 50°F, generally Spring and Fall.
21-30 days
Multiple applications are necessary.
Spray down every frame in brood boxes and supers. Spray must contact bees to work. Apply as needed. Can be used with honey supers on.
Spring, Summer, Fall

Tracheal Mites
14-28 days 80°F or below, place on top bars of hive body.
80°F or above, place on bottom board.
Recommended to apply in the Spring. Temperatures must be 60°F – 95°F.
3 treatments
4-5 day intervals
Sprinkle recommended dosage around edges of brood box on top bars of frames. Once a week for 3 weeks. Treat Spring and Fall.
3 treatments
7 days apart
Sprinkle recommended dosage around edges of brood box on top bars of frames. Once a week for 3 weeks. Treat Spring and Fall
Small Hive Beetle
Apply to ground 24-48 hours prior to hive placement with sprinkle can or sprayer. HIGHLY TOXIC–if applying around hive where beetles are present, sprinkle can must be used. Apply when needed.
Varies with rate of feed comsumption. Mix with sugar syrup. Treat Spring and Fall.
Wax Moth
3-4 weeks 6 Tbsp. for 15 supers, duct tape all openings making as air tight as possible. Re-apply crystals as needed. Air out supers prior to placing on hive 1-2 weeks. Apply as-needed, particularly in warm weather.