I have 14 years with bees, but this is my first year back in since mites. Yes, I'm old.
As one trying to pull 45 new hives through the winter. I've researched various treatment and non treatment programs, but see nothing that makes a dramatic difference given the money and time required.
I think the drought here has helped keep the mites down for now. I haven't treated, am open to it, but also afraid I'll kill half the queens I just put in.
Since MAQS is formic acid, I'd be inclined save a few bucks and treat with formic acid if and when I see the need.