Re: treatment free beekeeping - the risks
I get the point. but is it true? Has anyone actually shown that their is more viruses in a hive with a higher Varroa population? Does this mean that Varroa is the only means that the virus is introduced to the colony? If not then the Varroa population probably does not have a drastic impact on the virus population since it will accour anyway.
Originally Posted by WLC
I still don't see how a hive being treated for varroa (indication that it is infected) is any less risk to the local bee population than one that is not being treated (Assume varroa are present)
The idea of higher numbers equals greater risk I don't agree with. All it takes is one. And pretty much every hive in existence has at least one. To now start blaming that on how your neighbor keeps bees is a febble minded as the whole "He doesn't have enough beekeeping experience to be intelligent" thinking.
Most likely any varroa you have in your hives, came from your hives. If they don't have it they will. And nothing anyone is doing is changing that.
Until you have something that destroys 100% of the mites 100% of the time nobody has any room to talk. you are all adding to the infestation in my hive.
Significant Minority vs Insignificant Majority, 20% of causes produce 80% of the effects.