Re: Mites Have Pushed Me To The Edge... I'm Jumping
Not dissagreeing with anything anyone's said, it's all valid.
But a word about the "bees know best" philosophy. It's a nice little catch phrase, but that doesn't make it true.
We, especially when we are beginners, often put bees in unnatural situations, leaving the bees no recourse. An example would be somebody who takes too much honey off the hive in fall, leaves them with not enough to be liveable, then says "I don't believe in feeding the bees, I don't want any weak ones who are not survivors". I have seen that scenario or similar on beesource numerous times.
So it is with mites. Varroa mites are not natural to our honey bees. So, how would our bees know what to do about them? Point of fact, for the most part, they don't. Just watch a hive with varroa mites crawling on the bees. It's frustrating. We think, why don't they just chomp those mites? But they don't, cos they just don't know.
I often hear it said, "I don't believe in putting anything in my hive that wouldn't be there naturally". Well, varroa mites are not there naturally, we put them there.
The other thing, humans are intelligent animals. Bees are creatures of instinct. I have no problem, when seeing a problem the bees are not equiped to deal with, of applying my intelligence to help them out.
"We don't need no education" (Pink Floyd) - Yes you do, you just used a double negative.