First year beek with one hive asking about mite treatmants
First year, one hive, New equipment. Olivarez package bees started April 1st. *Very* strong hive, Harvested mid-June and mid-Aug. 165 lbs total. Still honey left for bees. San Mateo, California. No hard winters. No treatments. Was not planning to treat. Past the Aug 15th mite treatment sweet spot for this area. Now cooler nights high 40's to mid 50's temp. Lots of crawlers and deformed wing bees. Worried about coloney. Bees still very active just *lots* of dead bees and crawlers in front of hive.
Do I treat? Can I treat this late in year? What would you treat with based on temps 75 to 45 degrees? Or, go "natural" and let them tough it out?
-Anxious bee father