Not trying to be contentious, but my mind is a little muddy understanding the forum rules.
Here's some scenarios...
A hive has a cd case containing fipronil inside attached to the *outside* of it's screened bottom board. No other treatment (as defined by the rules in the treatment free forum) are used in this hive. Would this hive be considered "treatment free" being as the fipronil is on the outside of the hive?
A shb bait hive (entrance reduced to prevent bees from entering) is set up in the bee yard with the same cd traps and fipronil used in it...would this disqualify the neighboring beehives from being treatment free?
According to the "Unique Forum Rules" decided on by the forum users, the above would not disqualify the hives as being "treatment free". Also, according to the rules, it seems when Gardstar is used as a ground treatment that it shouldn't disqualify a hive since it is used outside of the hive (I really don't think anybody's going to spray pemethrin inside the hive).
If these two items are used outside of the hive but disqualify the hive (which they shouldn't according to the rules) as being treatment free then what is the distance requirement from unintended treatments? Does this mean that the ant poison used in my front yard 400 feet from my bee yard will disqualify my hives from being treatment free? What about treating for fireants directly in my bee yard? The use of Bt on my squash plants 100 feet from the hives? Does the state highway department coming by and spraying growth inhibitors on the ROW disqualify my hives (600' away) from being treatment free?
Here's the pertinent part of the forum rules...
"First, this forum has decided to agree for the sake of context on a single definition for what "Treatment-Free Beekeeping" is.
Treatment: A substance introduced by the beekeeper into the hive with the intent of killing, repelling, or inhibiting a pest or disease afflicting the bees."
Again, not trying to be argumentative, but....???????????