Re: Thymol and drone sterility
We give a thymol treatment each late summer/ early fall. Yes, perhaps it disrupts some of the natural hive processes for a short period of time but it disrupts varroa a whole heck of a lot more and its pretty clear what they can do to a hive. It also should be noted that no one suggests it damages any of the stored pollen. Those same treated hives begin brooding like gangbusters very early in the spring down south after a winter with little or no natural pollen available. I do choose not to use it in the spring partly for fear of disrupting any reproductive process but mostly because I have found it unnecessary.
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