Re: newbie disease and pest question
some of the judgmental language here is un-necessary, but in all honesty, it doesn't have to be an all or none issue here.
I think rrussell's last post hit the nail on the head.
everyone's situation is different though when it comes to using pesticide chemicals in the hive.
some bee's biology can take going "cold turkey" just like some people can do that when quitting using drugs (prescription or otherwise), other bees can't. Just like people.
greg and pka are right that commercial, migratory beeks work in a very different scope and that scale of beekeeping requires a different perspective. because of that, they will require different solutions to dealing with parasites and disease.
Tossing around labels like "responsible", "ir-responsible" and "good" or "bad" doesn't do anything but galvanize the discussion here.
I can respect that folks like pka and greg and others are working on a scale with thousands, sometimes tens of thousands of bee hives. I'm not going to pretend that the situations they deal with in terms of sheer volume, making financial ends come together and paying proper attention is the same thing as me and my hopeful future 100 to 200 hives
I became a licensed pest management professional in my state (got to have the license to offer services for hire, that's what the license does for me, nothing more) to add another facet to my business to make it a full time venture along with the beekeeping side.
What I have learned in my training, education and experience to accomplish that has forced me to take a step back and re-consider what I "know" as I look at beekeeping overall, with all the different scales of operation. There is no single, universal "right" or "wrong" here. only spheres of difference.
The IPM plan I design for a 10 hive operation in Town Alpha is not going to be the same as the plan designed for the 100 hive operation in the same area. Both of which will be different form the 1000 hive operation just outside of that same town.
The plans will be specific to the needs, environments and capabilities to enact the controls to meet acceptable levels of "pest" presence.
There is a growing demand, especially by smaller scale beekeepers, to buy bees already bred for resistance to mites and diseases. There will be producers who will change their operations to make those sales and serve that market.
There will be other beekeepers who have different needs and obligations and scales of operation and there will be producers who will arrange their business to meet those beekeepers needs, as they have done and still do.
Ultimately, there is no all or none here folks. There are different situations requiring different solutions. It would be better for all of us in the discussion if we keep that in mind before we go judging each other based on what we know from our own unique situations.
enjoy the bees.
No, I am NOT a bee "Keeper". Anything I post is just my opinion. Take it easy and think for yourself.