Everything I read says that if I don't treat my hives for v.mites then they will eventually die but I am also reading stuff about the chemicals used to treat v.mites also maybe getting into the honey even if the honey supers are put on after treatment. (Maybe the bees moving around honey. Not sure). And, the chemicals might not even be effective.
Then there's this stuff about small cells and it preventing mites from being able to reproduce. But, the feral bee population (producing natural cell sizes in their combs) has supposedly been mostly diminished by v.mites and the only thing keeping European honey bees from going extinct are the beekeepers.
I'm a first year beekeeper with 30 untreated hives going into the cold Jan/Feb months for Texas and I don't know what to believe now but I am worried about my hives. This coming spring my intentions are to split my hives into 100-120 hives (split in March and then early May).
My hives all started out as nuc hives created this spring. All of them are double deeps now and some three deeps with lots of honey stores for the winter. Some say that because my hives started as nuc hives this year then I don't need to be as worried about v. mites for the first year. I don't understand that rational either.
I just want to get my hive count up to a level that it generates a positive revenue stream to pay for my "bee habit". I plan to do this through some honey sales (giving away some honey to family members) and some pollination contracting. But I need to be able to keep my bees alive and my honey clean in order to achieve my goals.
Would anyone care to give me their two cents worth?