Re: Treatment Free: It's a path, not a solution
Ray: Excellent points all. There is already evidence that Amitraz can cause some issues with queens and we know for a fact that hives treated with Coumaphous cant raise cells. I wouldnt be surprised to find out fluvalinate has some issues as well, these are pesticides designed to kill insects, albeit insects smaller than honeybees. Spring treatments (while making increase) in particular have to be looked as a potential reason for under performing or early failing queens.
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