Re: Treatment Free Mite Treatments
Well since splitting is not considered a 'treatment' under this particular forum's definitions, then it's a treatment free option for reducing mites, but wouldn't be called a 'treatment free treatment'.
Originally Posted by KQ6AR
It's something I plan to use myself. Taking the old queen out and making a small nuc with her, leaving most of the population in the original hive. Letting the now queenless hive begin to raise their own new queen from eggs will give them enough broodless time to disrupt the mite breeding cycle. If you don't want more hives, you can always re-combine them again later, keeping the queen of your choice, or sell the nuc. This is just one possible approach. It's possible your mite problem is already too severe for that particular hive to be saved no matter what you do- I wouldn't know.
The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson