Formic Acid Gel
For use in honeybee
hives for control of tracheal mites and suppression of varroa mites
Formic Acid . .
using this product read the entire Precautionary Statements, Condition of Sale
and Warranty, Directions for Use and Storage and Disposal Instructions. If the
Conditions of Sale and Warranty are not acceptable, return the product unopened
within 30 days of purchase to the place of purchase.
out of reach of children!
: Call a physician
or Poison Control Center immediately. If medical advice cannot be obtained,
drink promptly a large quantity of milk, egg white, or gelatin mixture, or if
these are not available, a large amount of water and take person and product
container to the nearest emergency treatment facility. Avoid alcohol. DO NOT
: Remove victim
to fresh air. If not breathing, give artificial respiration, preferably mouth
to mouth. Get medical attention.
IF ON SKIN
: Remove contaminated
clothing immediately and wash affected areas with soap and large amounts of
water. Get medical attention.
IF IN EYES
hold eyelids open and flush with a steady, gentle stream of water for 15 minutes.
Call a physician immediately.
[NOTE TO PHYSICIAN:
Probable mucosal damage may contraindicate the use of gastric lavage.]
It is a violation
of Federal Law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.
Formic acid gel
is a slow release formulation of formic acid in a plastic pouch for control
of tracheal mite and suppression of varroa mite in colonies of honeybees.
Do not use when
honey supers are in place to prevent contamination of marketable honey or wax
by unwanted residues. Use when there is no surplus honey flow and daytime temperatures
are expected to be between 45°F and 95°F. Leave hive entrance fully
open when treating.
Two Story Colonies:
8 to 20 full-size
Langstroth frames or equivalent)
Do not remove
gel from the packet. Immediately prior to placing the formic acid gel pak in
the hive, cut two slits in the upper surface diagonally from corner to corner
(forming a Large "X"), using a sharp knife such as a box knife or utility knife.
Try not to perforate the bottom surface, but small cuts will not cause any problems.
After the slits are cut, bend or twist the packet slightly to expose the get,
then place one packet on the top bars of the frames over the brood chamber.
Leave the formic acid gel pack in the hive for three weeks (21 days). Remove
the formic acid gel pack after three weeks. The formic acid gel pack must be
removed from the hive at least four weeks (28 days) before the beginning of
surplus honey flow to prevent contamination of marketable honey.
Use of Formic
Acid Gel may temporarily reduce brood production in the spring. If colonies
are treated during hot weather, the bees may temporarily cluster outside the
Use of Formic
Acid Get is most effective when there is no sealed brood.
Used packets cannot
be regenerated by addition of new formic acid to the dried residue.
No.: 72839-1 EPA Establishment No.: 71990-MD-001
Humans and Domestic Animals
Corrosive to eyes
and skin by direct contact or by exposure to vapors, causes potentially irreversible
eye damage, causes skin burns. Do not get in eyes, on skin, or clothing. Wear
goggles or faceshield or safety glasses, and chemical resistant gloves. Harmful
or fatal if swallowed. Potential skin sensitizer. Prolonged or frequently repeated
skin contact may cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Harmful if inhaled.
Avoid breathing vapors. Use only with adequate ventilation.
and other handlers MUST wear:
- Safety glasses
or goggles or faceshield
gloves, such as: barrier laminate, butyl rubber, neoprene rubber, polyvinyl
chloride (PVC), Viton or nitrite rubber.
- Long sleeved
shirt and long pants.
instructions for cleaning and maintaining Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
If no such instructions for washables, use detergent and hot water. Keep and
wash PPE separately from other laundry.
Always stand upwind
from the use location. If a strong vinegary odor is encountered, area should
be evacuated until vapors have dissipated. In enclosed areas where vapors are
present (e.g. a storage shed) a respirator with an organic vapor removing cartridge
and a prefilter approved for pesticides (MSHA/NIOSH approval number prefix TC-23C)
is considered appropriate to reduce vapor exposure, but this respirator is not
approved for vapor concentrations above the permissible 8 hour exposure limit
of 5 parts per million. Although data indicate the permissible exposure limit
will normally not be exceeded, for maximum protection in
enclosed areas use an air supplied respirator (NIOSH Approval No. TC-19C) or
a self contained breathing apparatus (NIOSH Approval No. TC-13F).
Wash hands before eating, drinking, chewing gum, using tobacco, or using the
immediately if pesticide penetrates inside of clothing. Then wash the exposed
skin area thoroughly and put on clean clothing. Wash clothing before reuse.
not contaminate water, food, or feed by storage or disposal.
Store in original
containers in cool, dry, isolated, well-ventilated area away from heat, sparks,
and open flame. Do not eat, drink, or smoke in areas of use or storage. Vapors
are heavier than air. Do not store in basements or other areas where vapors
could accumulate. Formic acid is not affected by freezing, so it may be stored
in unheated areas.
: Pesticide wastes
are toxic. Improper disposal of excess pesticide is a violation of Federal Law.
If pesticide cannot be used according to label instructions and must be disposed
of, contact your State Pesticide or Environmental Control Agency, or Hazardous
Waste representative at the nearest EPA Regional Office for guidance.
: Do not reuse
gel pack. If all the formic acid has been evaporated from the packet so that
only dry powder remains, the used gel pack can be disposed of in a sanitary
landfill, or by incineration, or if allowed by State and local authorites, by
burning. If burned, stay out of smoke.
of Sale and Warranty
makes no warranty or guarantee of any kind, expressed or implied, concerning
the effects of this product, other than those specified on this label. Buyer
or user accepts all responsibility for results due to misuse or improper handling
of this product."
8 Meader Rd, Greenwich, NY 12834