We wanted people who are anxious to use the Mite Away Quick Strips when they become available, to have some information up-front.
This isn't light weight stuff folks. The dangers and personal Protection Equipment requirements are pretty much the same as the when the Mite Away pads are used.
HAZARDOUS TO HUMANS AND DOMESTIC ANIMALSFatal if inhaled, absorbed through the skin, or swallowed. Do not breathe dust, vapor or spray mist. Corrosive. Causes skin burns and irreversible eye damage. Avoid contact with skin, eyes, or clothing. Wash skin thoroughly with soap and water after handling and before eating, drinking, chewing gum or using tobacco. Remove and wash contaminated clothing before reuse.
DANGER – PELIGRO
For terrestrial use: Do not apply directly to water or to areas where surface water is present or to intertidal areas below the mean high water mark. Do not contaminate water when disposing of used container, wash water or rinsate.
PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL HAZARDS
Corrosive – Do not allow product to contact metal surfaces. Do not place, even briefly, on metallic hive covers.
Store unused product in original container.
Handler Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Applicators and other handlers must wear coveralls over a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, socks and shoes, acid resistant gloves (PVC, neoprene, or nitrile), and protective eyewear. Wear a respirator with an organic-vapor removing cartridge with a prefilter approved for pesticides (MSHA/NIOSH approval number prefix TC-23C), or a canister approved for pesticides (MSHA/NIOSH approval number prefix TC-14G), or a NIOSH approved respirator with an organic vapor (OV) cartridge or canister with any N, R, P or HE prefilter. Clean or replace PPE at end of each day’s work period. Rinse off pesticides at rest breaks. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning/maintaining PPE. If no such instructions for washables exist, use detergent and hot water. Keep and wash PPE separately from other laundry.
Speaking to you as a licensed pesticide applicator, not only is it in your best interest to wear the equipment they describe, but remembering how helpful we beekeepers like to be to each other, if you are putting these strips in place for someone else's hives, NOT your own, you are supposed to keep in mind that "The Label Is The Law". Also, it is a violation to apply pesticides for anyone else on a profit OR non-profit basis without being licensed by the State of Nebraska.
For those beekeepers who are concerned about the personal Protection Equipment requirements or their personal safety while applying these strips as part of their integrated Pest management program in their bee yard, My company, BBE-Tech, does offer bee yard IPM services to install and manage bee hive chemical treatments.
The full Mite Away Quick Strips label is available as an attachment to this article in full as a downloadable PDF for those wanting more information.