Re: treatment free beekeeping - the risks
steven, no, it's not always done that way.
jb, how 'bout this:
you've been giving your dog periodic baths in an organically produced all natural shampoo that keeps the fleas on your dog knocked back.
you get a new neighbor with a dog, and every three months, they put on a new flea collar that contains every carcinogen know to man but it kills the fleas. your dog and the new neighbor's dog play all the time and no one has fleas.
then another new neighbor moves in, and has a long haired dog that is nothing but a flea factory. this neighbor doesn't believe in doing anything for the fleas. all three dogs now run together all the time.
the flea collar is doing the trick, but you are now having to shampoo your dog every day, and even then, the fleas are now in your house.
would you consider having a talk with the third neighbor? would you buy a flea collar? would you take your dog down the road and let 'em out?
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf