EPA-registered Pesticide Products Approved for Use Against Varroa Mites in Bee Hives
January 2016 – As part of the National Pollinator Health Strategy, EPA committed to helping beekeepers combat Varroa mites. Varroa mites are parasites that feed on developing bees, leading to brood mortality and reduced lifespan of worker bees. They also transmit numerous honeybee viruses. The health of a colony can be critically damaged by an infestation of Varroa mites. Once infested, if left untreated, the colony will likely die. By expediting the approval of pesticides that target Varroa mites and publishing information about the products, EPA is honoring another commitment in the National Strategy.
The pesticide products listed on this page are registered by EPA at the federal level for use against Varroa mites. Rotating products to combat Varroa mites is an important tactic to prevent resistance development and to maintain the usefulness of individual pesticides. Beekeepers are encouraged to check with their state pesticide regulatory agencies to determine the regulatory status of the products in the individual states.
Primary registered products in the list have 2-part EPA registration numbers and are listed in bold. Distributor products have a 3-part EPA registration number, with the first two numbers reflecting the primary registered product’s registration number. Distributors may market their products under different names, but the formulations and uses are identical to the primary registered.
|Registration #||Product Name||Active Ingredient|
|2724-406||ZOECON RF-318 APISTAN STRIP||Fluvalinate (10.25%)|
|2724-406-62042||APISTAN ANTI-VARROA MITE STRIPS|
|61671-3||FOR-MITE||Formic acid (65.9%)|
|70950-2||AVACHEM SUCROSE OCTANOATE [40.0%]||Sucrose octanoate (40%)|
|73291-1||API LIFE VAR||Thymol (74.09%), Oil of eucalyptus (16%), Menthol (3.73%)|
|75710-2||MITE-AWAY QUICK STRIPS||Formic acid (46.7%)|
|83623-2||HOPGUARD II||Hop beta acids resin (16%)|
|91266-1||OXALIC ACID DIHYDRATE||Oxalic acid (100%)|
|91266-1-73291||OXALIC ACID DIHYDRATE|
|91266-1-91832||OXALIC ACID DIHYDRATE|
|11556-138||CHECKMITE+ BEE HIVE PEST CONTROL STRIP||Coumaphos (10%)|
|11556-138-61671||CHECKMITE+ BEE HIVE PEST CONTROL STRIP|