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Formic Acid, use in beekeeping

Formic acid has the chemical formula HCOOH
it's molecular representation is shown at right.
  molecular representation of formic acid

Formic acid is not licenced for use with bees in the UK, but some do use it under the heading of a "non medicinal curative substance".

One of the attractions of its use to treat honey bees for infestations of parasitic varroa mites, is that it is a chemical that naturally occurs in the bee hive. Naturally occurring levels are however very low compared to the strengths of the acid required for varroa treatment.

My personal knowledge of this subject is low and information for this page will have to wait until I have time to research it and form a personal opinion. Until then it merely acts as a switching point for the links at top left.

Caution: Formic Acid causes burns and is harmful if swallowed, avoid contact with the skin and eyes, use neoprene rubber gloves and goggles, and after contact with the skin wash immediately with plenty of water. Avoid breathing the fumes.

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