So, a knowledgable keeper or inspector can determine accurate varroa levels and presence of AFB, even scale, without opening a hive. Hmmmm, very interesting. I must have more to learn then I thought!!
Just what I was thinking. I guess I was doing it all wrong for all those years. Whomever tommyt is describing, I ain't that guy. But I would love to have him working as an Apiary Inspector. Can you imagine how much more someone like that could get done? Eight or ten like him could inspect all of the registered hives in NY.
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." Henry David Thoreau, Mark B