Akarasan refers to a specialized, highly effective insecticide aimed at killing ticks called acaricides. Its action has a narrow specialization and allows you to destroy varroa mites (Varroajacobsoni), as well as Acarapiswoodi, parasitizing on domestic honey bees. The article provides instructions for the use of Akarasan for bees, specifies the features of using the drug.
Application of the drug in beekeeping
Akarasan was created for use in domestic and industrial beekeeping for the prevention of the following diseases of bee colonies:
Important! About 150 years ago, varroatosis caused by ticks was a disease of mainly Indian bees, but today its distribution area has expanded significantly. Since the 80s of the last century, it is believed that all bees in Eurasia are infected with varroatosis by default.
Composition, release form
The dose of Akarasana contains two components:
- fluvalinate - 20 mg;
- potassium nitrate - 20 mg.
Akarasan is a fumigative agent. That is, smoke from the combustion products of the drug has healing properties. For ease of use, Akarasan is produced in the form of cardboard strips measuring 10 cm by 2 cm with a thickness of 1 mm.
The strips are folded in 10 pieces in hermetically sealed foil packages with three-layer walls.
The active ingredient in Akarasana is fluvalinate, which is a derivative of the racemate, and is a powerful agent against small ticks. It has proven itself well in the fight against varroa and acarpis mites. The acaricidal effect of fluvalinate is best manifested in the form of an airborne suspension in the air or in the form of vapors.
When using the drug, the base of the strips is set on fire, it begins to smolder, which leads to the evaporation of fluvalinate and its air contact with mites on the bees in the hive. It is enough for a bee to stay in a hive filled with fluvalinate vapors for about 20-30 minutes for the ticks to receive a lethal dose of the drug.
Instructions for the use of Akarasan strips
The strips of the preparation are fixed on empty nesting frames and set on fire, after which they are immediately extinguished, and the frames with smoldering plates are installed in the hive.
Important! Before installing the frame with stripes, 2-3 puffs of smoke from the smoker should be introduced into the hive.
The hive holes are closed and opened after an hour, removing the burnt strips. If the strip of Akarasana has not completely burned out, the treatment is repeated after an hour. In this case, use the whole strip or half of it.
Dosage, application rules
According to the instructions, the dosage of Akarasana is one strip per 9 or 10 honeycomb frames.
It is necessary to apply the drug in such a way that most of the bees are in the hive. In addition, bees must have water in the hive during processing.
When bees are affected by acarapidosis, the treatment is done 6 times per season with a break of a week. The fight against varroatosis involves two treatments in the spring and two in the fall, following one after the other a week later.
Contraindications and restrictions for use
When the dosage is observed, no side effects are observed.
However, there are restrictions on the use of Akarasana, depending on various circumstances:
- Processing with Akarasan should be done only at an air temperature above + 10 ° C.
- The treatment of the bee colony should be carried out early in the morning or late in the evening.
- The procedure should not be applied earlier than 5 days before honey collection.
- It is forbidden to handle small families and small hives (if the number of "streets" in the hive is less than three).
Akarasan belongs to the fourth class of hazard substances. For the human body, it is not toxic and does not pose a danger.
Shelf life and storage conditions
The Akarasan strips are stored in a cool and dark place with a temperature of + 5 ° C to + 20 ° C. The shelf life under these conditions is 24 months.
Instructions for the use of Akarasana for bees are quite simple, and the effectiveness of this drug on ticks is high. If you follow the correct processing schedule, you can guarantee to protect your apiary from the invasion of parasitic ticks.
Below are the reviews on the use of Akarasan strips.
Skripchenko Vitaly Fedotovich, 40 years old, Volgodonsk
I use the drug Akarasan according to the instructions. In my opinion, the efficacy of the glowing plates is superior to the preparations of contact action placed between the honeycomb frames. On average, we have outbreaks of acarapidosis every two years, so this drug is just a salvation. After the first two treatments, the bees feel much better, which is noticeable even visually. I recommend this remedy to everyone as it has the maximum effectiveness against ticks.
Alenskaya Larisa Mikhailovna, 38 years old, Penza
We have been engaged in beekeeping for a relatively long time, and this hobby has practically turned into a family business. Like any business related to living things, beekeeping requires taking care of their "wards". Mites can be a very serious problem for bees. We have had cases when entire families practically died out due to these parasites. Therefore, drugs such as Akarasana were a real salvation for us. The high efficiency of Akarasana has been tested by us more than once. In some cases, with varroatosis, only one treatment per season was enough so that the tick no longer bothers us.