Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers
Just going treatment free is not the answer. Start with getting some queens that are from a treatment free program. There are a couple of sources available in Europe.
There is no good answer for dealing with beekeepers who are stuck on the treatment treadmill. They compromise the genetics of treatment free beekeepers and then complain because their bees get mites.
The mite load in my colonies is so low that it is nearly undetectable. I have not treated since the fall of 2004. If someone accused me of spreading mites, I would laugh at them. That wouldn't work given the law you have which says you must treat.
DarJones - 46 years, 14 colonies (max 40), sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 11 frame broodnest, small cell