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Formic Acid Gel

For use in honeybee hives for control of tracheal mites and suppression of varroa mites

Active Ingredients By Weight
Formic Acid . . 65.4%
Inert Ingredients 34.6%
Total 100%

Before 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.

Keep out of reach of children!

Statement of
Practical Treatment

IF SWALLOWED : 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 INDUCE VOMITING.

IF INHALED : 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 : Immediately 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.]

Directions for Use:

It is a violation of Federal Law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.

General Use Information:

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.

Treatment of Two Story Colonies:

(Bees covering 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 hive.

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.

EPA Registration No.: 72839-1 EPA Establishment No.: 71990-MD-001

Precautionary Statements

Hazards to 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.

Use Directions -

Personal Protection Equipment

Applicators and other handlers MUST wear:

- Safety glasses or goggles or faceshield

- Chemical-resistant gloves, such as: barrier laminate, butyl rubber, neoprene rubber, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Viton or nitrite rubber.

- Long sleeved shirt and long pants.

Follow manufacturers 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).

Users should: Wash hands before eating, drinking, chewing gum, using tobacco, or using the toilet.

Remove clothes immediately if pesticide penetrates inside of clothing. Then wash the exposed skin area thoroughly and put on clean clothing. Wash clothing before reuse.

Storage and Disposal

Do not contaminate water, food, or feed by storage or disposal.

STORAGE: 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 DISPOSAL : 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.

CONTAINER DISPOSAL : 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.

Conditions of Sale and Warranty

"Apicure, Inc. 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."

Apicure, Inc. 8 Meader Rd, Greenwich, NY 12834