Thank you Michael. I certainly want to keep my hives away from chemicals, if thatÂ’s possible. Honestly, just reading the posts related to pests and diseases is enough to freak any beginner away from beekeeping. I realize now that I shouldnÂ’t look for preventive medication and instead focus on knowledge related to diagnosis and only treat if necessary. The hive died in September-October last year. I didnÂ’t take any honey last year since it was the first year and the scope was to let the colonies get stronger. For some reason they didnÂ’t even use the top feeder. The other 2 hives cleaned them up in a week. I am concerned that if I re-use the foundations I may perpetuate the problem. Anyhow, IÂ’m going to build screened bases for all hives and IÂ’ll keep reading about symptoms so I can recognize them if needed. However, if treatment is imperative, I would prefer to use a more natural remedy and avoid processed chemicals. ThatÂ’s I do for myself too and it worked so far, except for being called a tee nut (I very seldom drink coffee). If anybody has natural alternatives, please let me know.
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