Mite-Away Quick Strips, bucket of 20 strips. The core of the MAQS™ is a plant-based gel which contains formic acid. The strip is thinner than the height of a bee so it fits in the bee-space between hive parts making it much easier to apply. Formic acid is one of Nature’s defense chemicals, found in plants (nettles) and ant venom. Formic acid is a naturally occurring component of honey. 2 strips per treatment, so 20 strips will treat 10 hives.