Re: treating mites
I still believe that there is no single solution to mites. Just as there is single solution to prevent getting the flu. You can't just wash your hands a lot and stay healthy. Some of us do that, others get a flu shot, many of us eat well and stay otherwise healthy, some avoid contact with sick individuals, etc. Practicing all of these measures and more is likely to increase the odds of staying healthy and avoiding the flu. Integrated pest management tackles the problem of mites using multiple approaches. Certainly, a heavily infested colony is not apt to be cured by only sugar dusting but if it's part of an integrated approach the odds go up to keep the effects of mites on the low side. The same can be said of any other single approach. In my opinion the only true, single approach to dealing with mites is letting the bees develop a natural resistance. As beekeepers we don't do that so that natural resistance is a long time coming. In the meantime we treat so I say, if you're going to treat then choose methods (plural) that over a season, offer the best chance of reaching your desired goal. If it was easy, we'd be all finished and there wouldn't be a thread here to view!
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