Pollinator Protection

EPA-registered Pesticide Products Approved for Use Against Varroa Mites in Bee Hives

As part of the National Pollinator Health Strategy, EPA committed to helping beekeepers combat Varroa mites. Varroa mites are parasites that feed on developing bees, leading to brood mortality and reduced lifespan of worker bees. They also transmit numerous honeybee viruses. The health of a colony can be critically damaged by an infestation of Varroa mites. Once infested, if left untreated, the colony will likely die. By expediting the approval of pesticides that target Varroa mites and publishing information about the products, EPA is honoring another commitment in the National Strategy. Read about EPA's plan to expedite approval of Varroa mite pesticides.

The pesticide products listed on this page are registered by EPA at the federal level for use against Varroa mites. Rotating products to combat Varroa mites is an important tactic to prevent resistance development and to maintain the usefulness of individual pesticides. Beekeepers are encouraged to check with their state pesticide regulatory agencies to determine the regulatory status of the products in the individual states. Find state pesticide regulatory agencies.

Primary registered products in the list have 2-part EPA registration numbers and are listed in bold. Distributor products have a 3-part EPA registration number, with the first two numbers reflecting the primary registered product’s registration number. Distributors may market their products under different names, but the formulations and uses are identical to the primary registered.

Registration # Product Name Active Ingredient
2724-406 ZOECON RF-318 APISTAN STRIP Fluvalinate (10.25%)
2724-406-62042 APISTAN ANTI-VARROA MITE STRIPS  
61671-3 FOR-MITE Formic acid (65.9%)
70950-2 AVACHEM SUCROSE OCTANOATE [40.0%] Sucrose octanoate (40%)
70950-2-2205 SUCROCIDE  
70950-2-84710 SUCRASHIELD  
73291-1 API LIFE VAR  Thymol (74.09%), Oil of eucalyptus (16%), Menthol (3.73%)
75710-2 MITE-AWAY QUICK STRIPS  Formic acid (46.7%)
79671-1 APIGUARD Thymol (25%)
83623-2 HOPGUARD II Hop beta acids resin (16%)
87243-1 Apivar Amitraz (3.33%)
91266-1 OXALIC ACID DIHYDRATE Oxalic acid (100%)
91266-1-73291 OXALIC ACID DIHYDRATE  
91266-1-91832 OXALIC ACID DIHYDRATE  
11556-138 CHECKMITE+ BEE HIVE PEST CONTROL STRIP Coumaphos (10%)
11556-138-61671 CHECKMITE+ BEE HIVE PEST CONTROL STRIP