Re: first year hive mites concerns
As this was posted on the treatment free board.....I find it surprising that all of the 'don't do anything' crowd haven't weighed in. Organic or not...formic acid is hardly treatment free.
I suppose that drone brood removal, as Oldtimer suggests might be acceptable but if the infestation is already substantial, as he pointed out, it probably won't help.
In my opinion, if your intention is to be treatment free...your options are pretty limited.
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. - Emerson