Formic Acid and Wax

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Eddy Honey, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    In October of 2011, at the recommendation of my state beekeeper, I used Formic Acid pads to treat for varroaon my 3 hives.

    The instructions say to not use the product with the honey supers on the hive. Mine were off.

    This year I wanted to switch hive configurations. I currently run 1 deep/ 2 mediums per hive. I want to change that to just 2 deeps. Those 2 mediums that I take off the three hives would then become 6 fully drawn medium honey supers.

    Since the wax in those now potential honey supers went through a round of treatment are they now not eligible to be honey supers? If so I'll just turn those six mediums into two new hives consisting of only mediums.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    I don't think formic acid remains in wax once treatment is over. It's to avoid formic from getting into the honey while the open cells are being filled.
     

  3. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    The new Mite Away Quick Strips work by releasing formic and they can be used with honey supers on, so I don't think you'll have a problem.
     
  4. ShaneVBS

    ShaneVBS New Member

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    perry is right, its safe for wax and honey supers as its naturaly found in honey anyways
     
  5. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Formic acid is the substance that produces the "sting" feeling from ant bites. It is volatile and as it evaporates inside the hive it serves to eliminate varroa mites. It doesn't become absorbed in the wax but might taint the honey as it is collected because of its water solubility (as Omie said).