Treating Mites With Mite Away Quick Strips (MAQS)

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Did you know Varroa mites are the number 1 killing pest of honeybees? For this reason treating for mites inside the bee colonies is a must for their survival. Mites infect the bees with viruses that shorten their life. In most cases, these viruses cause the colony to collapse over winter.
In this video, I show the complete process in using Mite Away Quick Strips (MAQS) to treat for mites. I will show everything you need to know to treat your own bee hives. This treatment takes 7 days to complete and can be done with the honey supers on.
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48 Responses

  1. Richardofdanbury says:

    Jason, As we had workmen around the house in August, I'm just now getting to mite treating my hives. Do you think it safe to use both oxalic acid and Mite-Away, (perhaps spread a few days apart, after each treatment)? I used both last year and the hives did well over winter, but I treated in August and the Mite-Away was used two weeks before the oxalic acid vapor treatment. Now with the increasingly short season I'm anxious to get them under control because of the late date.

  2. Tom Bilcze says:

    Thank you. Easy to understand and well done.

  3. MntBrderRx says:

    I have see lots of people looking at dead mites on these… what about dead bees? What is the normal progression? Day 1 and beyond?

  4. T Richard says:

    Thanks !!

  5. guitarfend says:

    Jason just to be sure. I can put back supers with honey on the brood boxes? Or not? I'm going in today to see whats up. Virtually no rain in SF bay area all winter and in March it has been a deluge. I am noticing that one hive is looking smaller. I need to move it to a more sunny spot. Three feet a day. Or so I've been told .

  6. 1charlastar says:

    Beekeepers can strengthen the immune systems of honeybees to resist viruses transferred by mites. I just consulted with mycologist Paul Stamets of and Tom Dadant, 6th generation beekeeper, regarding mushroom extracts to boost the immune systems of honeybees, The addition of 1/2% Reishi mushroom extract and 1/2% Chaga mushroom extract added to sugar water for the bees. Bee sugar water is 1 to 1 water and white sugar. Heat just enough to dissolve the sugar, cool and then add the mushroom extracts. So if a beekeeper starts with 1000ml of prepared sugar water, they then add 5 ml of each of the extracts. Use a feeder designed for inside the hive. These extracts can be ordered from Host Defense who makes high quality products.

  7. Ollie Enzo says:

    I’m kinda an amateur so this might be a dumb question but does this harm the bees/make it unsafe to eat?

  8. greg says:

    Jay. I got a question.
    If you treat your bees, should you discard your wax eventually?
    I buy wax from other producers, but I worry about the pesticides in the wax and about buying products made from contaminated wax from unethical producers.
    But when I ask if they treat they're bees, the seller always gets quiet and cagy

  9. beth98362 R says:

    Dont put your hive parts on the ground…bad practice!

  10. MonkeyBoy32904 says:

    I want this to help every bee

  11. Lauren Doninger says:

    Do you leave an upper entrance during treatment? I have a notch on my inner cover, should I have the notch facing down (so there's an opening on to the top box (which is a small super), have it facing up, so that they have to go under the outer cover to get in, or leave it off during the treatment? Thank you.

  12. Drea Noll says:

    I got here because my grandma searched this on my dads ipad and it was in the search history lol

  13. Mary Wiseman says:

    Thanks Jason for the super informative videos. I am treating now with is day 4. I was wondering if I should put the entrance reducers back on at this point. Seems to be alot of wasps and hornets trying to get my girls.

  14. Milomia says:

    Hey JC…thanks for this vid.  I watched the company video too and they say you don't need to remove the strips.  Is there a pro or con of leaving them on?

  15. Matty O says:

    Thank you for the video. The clear and concise information is very much appreciated.

  16. Joey Oliver says:

    Jason, thanks for the video (a few years ago 🙂 ) I'm a first year beekeeper with three hives and Ive come to watch your videos religiously. My hives are located in the mountains of east central West Virginia, and Goldenrod is beginning to bloom now. I've purchased the MAQS with Formic Acid, and I'm not sure if I should treat now, or wait until the end of September? Any insight is greatly appreciated. Keep those videos coming sir!

  17. Jim Kovac says:

    Thanks, Treated hives today (8/12). Location, Warren Ohio. Hoping for a mild winter.

  18. New England Gardening says:

    Have you ever had the bees abscond because of this treatment. I only have two hives and I already use the oxalic acid with the vaporizer but have been thinking about using the fogger or these mite away strips. Can you use combinations of these treatments or would that be too toxic?

  19. Dan Shankle says:

    Thank you, Jason for a great, simple to understand, Posting!

  20. Jay Robertson says:

    my package is 5 weeks old it's may17 should I install mite away ?response very welcome

  21. Rob M says:

    ninja chicken!

  22. Impaler says:

    If you dont mind having to replace queens, use this. Myself and other bee keepers who have used these quick strips report many of their hives went queenless after using it. It is an extremely disgusting harsh chemical. Ive got two buckets of the stuff from 2014 and refuse to use it again.

  23. mario camilleri says:

    from where you buy that?

  24. Mayvin Morillo says:

    Thank you for doing this video. Very informative and straightforward.

  25. GFD472 says:

    Jason, do your hives have screen or wooden bottoms? My hives have screens so I was told to slide some plywood under them to close them up and be sure the mite away fumes stayed in the hive.

  26. Thomas Butcher says:

    will this take care of tracheal mites to. thanks

  27. Bruce Gardner says:

    Have you experienced that all of the eggs and larva are killed during the treatment?  The queen does start laying gang busters again. The rest does her and the hive good.   How many mites in your test constitutes that your hive needs treatment?

  28. anepictree says:

    Thanks Jason – great clip and I like the theory you gave about the acid and birds too. Here in France we use strips called apivar that hang down between the frames. Question – on the right of your hive there is a kind of zig zag of carton and a block? Is that just insulation on a smaller colony? All the best and thanks as ever for the informational videos. Peter

  29. Peggy Clark says:

    Thank you, Jason; for this video on treating for varroa mites. I just took a class yesterday on wintering bees. But the class did not go into detail; as you have in your video. Your video is very thorough and even had the follow-up on removing the mite strips. You answered all my questions about treatment.

  30. steve adams says:

    Ty Video was easy to understand, and the product how to use, from rookie beekeeper.

  31. Mike Mabry says:

    Do recommend leaving supers off for seven day period. I placed a super on a few weeks ago for room, what's your opinion. Thanks Mike

  32. Lord Shaxx says:

    were the bees stuck to the strips dead?

  33. mark o says:

    Good job thanks for the video it helps.

  34. Tammy SIII says:

    Thank You for your video <3

  35. Westernwilson says:

    A great beekeeper I know recommends adding some Honey B Healthy or equivalent to the strips to help minimize queen loss during treatment…I will try that this year. I also wait to treat till I get temperatures under 20C = 68F

  36. Brian Noel says:

    Hi Jason,I was wondering if you have ever tried hopp guard 2,and was wondering what your thoughts were on it?

  37. Marco Guerrero says:

    So do you like this form of mite treatment best or does it kinda very hive to give? Also do you treat all of your hives or do you only treat the ones you think need it?

  38. nhsupervisor says:
    Bees kill Varroa mites – hygienic behavior –

    Ever experiment with the cell size??  Long watch but seems logical. 

  39. Marco Guerrero says:

    It's not over run as far as I can tell and I have never even seen a mite in the colony but that doesn't mean it doesn't have them. I'm afraid that if it does have mites they will spread really fast while they are clustered. I'm afraid that if I don't treat now they won't make it through winter. Plus I was told by a near by bee keeper I should treat, I know I've missed the fall treatment but do you think any treatment now would even help or it would be a waste of money and effort?

  40. Marco Guerrero says:

    Do u recommend apivar as a mite treatment? It's a strip that u place in between the frames. Also would the method u used work in winter?

  41. Louise Larson says:

    I had a VERY severe mite problem with significant DWV and probably tracheal mites as well, based upon the "crawlers" I was seeing outside my hive. Although I had purchased Mite Away last year, I was afraid to use it. Now, I realized it was use it or my hive would die! I got confused with the instructions and put 4 strips on my hive with one deep and 2 mediums. I was amazed at the mites killed for the first 3 days or so. Now the dead mites on the bottom board has dropped off to almost nothing and although this is only day 6, I have removed the strips (since I now realize I had doubled the dosage).

    There was a LOT of sanitation activity during this treatment period. The first day I saw larvae being pulled out of the hive, along with dead bees, but mostly I saw "sick" bees being pushed out of the hive. They either had obvious DWV or looked ok, but couldn't fly and seemed disoriented. Now, however, the girls look quite happy with pollen coming in, some orientation flights occurring, and much less sanitizing behavior.

    I don't know what to expect as we move into winter. I am supplementing now with sugar water and pollen patties; hoping that I have not disrupted things too much with my over-treatment. Luckily, the weather had turned a bit cooler last week, so that probably helped to limit the fume production, but I did see a lot of "fanning" at the hive entrance for a couple of days. This will be my 3rd winter as a "beekeeper". The first two seasons, I lost my hives during winter. No I know it was likely from Varroa mites left untreated.

    Because I had such a severe mite problem, my question is whether this initial treatment (even though excessive) will be sufficient for the hive until early spring. Or, should I treat again (this time with only TWO strips) in a couple of weeks?

  42. terry saunders says:

    will it hunt the bees if u put 2strips pr box

  43. Hannah Vander Wilt says:

    You wear rubber gloves over your "bee gloves"? Is there any certain type (thickness)?

    And do you wear a respirator? The package of the MAQS says to wear a respirator but I'm wondering if that is necessary to purchase.

  44. Michael Ellestad says:

    Hey I use the same stuff and when combined with using screened bottom boards will really put a dent in the mite population. Apistan takes too long.

  45. Constant Gardener says:

    Hi. Last week I used the same product in four of my hives in order to compare the results with those obtained with Thymol. I counted the mites that fell each day and found that with the formic acid the biggest falls came within the first 48 hours and by the 7th day there was virtually nothing. The Thymol treatment lasts 24 days and is much more gradual even though there are significant falls in the first few days. My concern is the effect of the formic acid on the bees themselves. It is pretty harsh stuff!

  46. Denis kaiyumi says:

    Jason nice video Im just wondering what is that at the side of your brood box ? Is it a feeder ? Do you build your own feeders ? If sdo I would like to know how to build them thanks. Take a look at this video Mite Away Quick Strips Application Video with English/Spanish Subtitles

  47. Love2boat92 says:

    How would you do this if you were using a top bar hive? How much does it roughly cost to treat one hive? Great video!

  48. Jason Chrisman says:

    Have or do you treat your bees for mites? Watch my full demonstration video on using Mite Away Quick Strips (MAQS).

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