&   SEARCH
David A. Cushman logo
ApiGuard, Thymol Gel

Apiguard is a thymol based product that is used in the control of varroa. It is very effective, especially if used in conjunction with other methods of treatment. Since Dave Cushman wrote the words below, there has been considerable experience of the use of the product. It is manufactured by Vita(Europe) Ltd who have an excellent website with up-to-date information. There is an excellent FAQ and I think it is much better to refer beekeepers to the official website than to duplicate here. For that reason I will leave Dave's words below for historical purposes only. R. P.

The following is from the original page from Dave Cushman. It is left here for historical purposes only. Please see the above for the use of Apiguard. R. P.

APIGUARD Logo Manufactured By:- Vita (Europe) Limited
This data is taken from the box and is in the form of two panels.
Data Sheet Ref:- 4011A/99
Date of Issue of Data:-1999 (assumed from /99 in the above ref)


Non-medicinal curative substance for honeybees* for the well-being of the honeybee colony.

Pack contents
Ten trays, containing 50gm APIGUARD gel. Two trays of APIGUARD are required per hive treatment. Each tray of APIGUARD contains 25% thymol in a specially designed slow-release gel matrix.

Instructions for Use
Two applications of 1 tray of 50gm APIGUARD gel per colony.

Method of administration
Open the hive. Peel back the foil lid of the APIGUARD tray leaving one corner of the lid attached to the tray. Place the open tray centrally on top of the brood frames, gel side up. Ensure that there is a free space of at least 0.5cm between the top of the tray and the hive cover board, for example by placing an eke or an empty super on the top of the brood box. Close the hive.

After two weeks place a new tray beside the old one, following the same procedure. Leave the product in the colony for a further 4 weeks or until the supers are installed, whichever is the sooner. The product should not be left in the hive for more than 6 weeks.

Small and wintering bee colonies and nuclei may require one APIGUARD tray only, left in place for at least 4 weeks.

The effect of APIGUARD on the well being of the colony is maximised if the product is used in late summer after the honey harvest (when the amount of bee brood is diminishing). However, APIGUARD can also be used during springtime, when the temperatures are above 15° C.

*APIGUARD is expected to complete registration as a veterinary medicine throughout the European Union during 2000

Data Sheet Ref:- 4011B/99 (the second panel)


Non-medicinal curative substance for honeybees For the well-being of the honeybee colony.

Special precautions to be taken by the person administering the product

Wear gloves when handling APIGUARD. Wash hands thoroughly after handling. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Do not smoke, drink or eat during application. For use in beehives only.

Special precautions for use

Preferably, do not treat during honey harvest. Do not feed colonies before using APIGUARD; can be used immediately after removal of supers. Do not use APIGUARD when the maximum daily temperature is lower than 15° C or when the colony activity is very low. Combine weak colonies before treatment.

The use of a dose higher than that recommended (1 tray of 50gm gel per application) could cause disturbances in the behaviour of the colony (agitation, absconding). If symptoms persist, remove the excess product from the colony.

Withdrawal period:- Nil

Special precautions for storage
Keep out of reach of children and pets.
Keep in original, unopened package until ready for use.
Store away from direct sunlight in the original packaging only.
Do not store APIGUARD near pesticides or other chemical substances which could contaminate the product.
Store away from foodstuffs.
Store at room temperature or below, do not store above 30° C or below 0° C.

'Irritant' warning logo APIGUARD is a trademark of Vita (Europe) Limited, Basingstoke, UK   Vita (Europe ) Limited
Brook House, alençon Link, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7RD

I neither endorse nor condemn this product. The information as published here is a matter of public record. The information is placed here for the education of those that wish to read it.
BEFORE you obtain or use the material concerned please ascertain the legality of doing so in your location as the product may or may not be approved in your geographic State or Country.

Dave Cushman.

Originally written by Dave Cushman. Edited and additions by Roger Patterson.

Page created pre-2011

Page updated 12/12/2022