We have received the following communication from Mike Hansen, the state apiarist….
Michigan has received approval from the US Environmental Protection Agency to add HopGuard II to the list of products available to Michigan beekeepers for the control of Varroa mite in honey bee colonies in Michigan. HopGuard II is manufactured by BetaTec Hop Products, a subsidiary of John I. Haas, Inc. and is an updated formulation of HopGuard that the company developed to address concerns of beekeepers who used the HopGuard product in previous years.
When using HopGuard II, all applicable directions, restrictions, and precautions on the revised container label as well as the section 18 use directions must be followed. A copy of the HopGuard II label is attached. This label will soon be available on the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development web site. www.michigan.gov/mdard open the Plant, Pest and Pesticide Info tab on the left side of the page, then open the Section 18 and 24C tab.
For 2014, Michigan beekeepers can use either Hopguard or Hopguard II under the Section 18 provisions. Remember to obtain the correct label for the product you are using and to have that label in your possession when you are using the product.
The current Section 18 Labels for Hopguard and Hopguard II expire December 31, 2014. Later this summer inspectors will contact beekeepers who used both Hopguard and Hopguard II to learn more about your experience using these products. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development uses feedback from beekeepers to support future Section 18 requests for these products.
Michael G Hansen
Regional Supervisor/State Apiarist
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division
717 St. Joseph Dr. # 186
St Joseph, MI 49085
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