Re: "treatment treadmill"
I am treatment free because I have never found a reason to treat.
I have never seen a mite in/around/near my bees. And yes, I do test. I also do not even know what a SHB looks like. The only things I have seen in my hives, other than bees is: a spider last week, and an earwig, also last week.
I think something should be said for getting resistant stock in the first place and not using used equipment.
Personally, I got Italians from California and then requeened with resistant stock.
If you think anything organic is good for you, go drink some organic solvents.
geek, learning how to be a beek