>So here I sit, waiting for the answer? I can take it either way. Michael, Barry I hope your right!!! Because if UGA is right, I'm going to have to cry!!! Cuz I have spend a load of time and aggravation getting my bees on sc!!
I'm not clear where the aggravation is. If you rotate out comb anyway, which seems a popular preventative for AFB, then in three years you'd have the regressed if you just swap it all out for small cell foundation. But anyway, if Jennifer is right, you'll get more bees. If I'm right they'll still be alive.
> Problem is, I do see some indication from bees not on sc that are doing equally as well as those on sc and I to have never treated with anything other than essential oils and that was only for one season. And I hardly see any mites just as you guys have said.
What if the drifting drones even out the mites? Then having half as many Varroa breeding farms will make a difference in your whole yard.
>Just because I put 59 cents in copper pennies on the bottom of each hive when I started these practices I use, doesn't mean that the pennies are part of the cure.
"Post hoc ergo proctor hoc" is a difficult thing to prove or disprove in anything as complex as a beehive let along something as complex as a beeyard. The very climate around you is changing as you do your experiments as well as the complex relationships with everything else.