Re: Realism and Treatment free beekeeping
With regularity…and in spring with overwhelming regularity…. I have new beekeepers tell me stories of their losses, asking what might’ve been the causes. Why do they ask me? I suppose because I’m regularly standing at the farmers market with a counter full of honey and wax products and they assume that I’m a successful beekeeper…and might, therefore have some idea why they failed…go figure. And the great majority of them describe classic mite collapses. And when I ask about mites…they often claim that they didn’t have mites, they got treatment free bees from X…or have small cell….or have natural cell….or got a topbar hive….or any of another dozen fraudulent cures that are being pumped on the internet.
Originally Posted by rhaldridge
We see them in the spring here on Beesource. Newbie with losses who have no idea whether or not they had mites. And, after all, who can blame them? With countless posters proclaiming….I don’t treat, I don’t test and mites aren’t a problem for me.
Are those newbies naive? Sure.
Do they deserve to be misinformed? No
And that is why I feel the need to challenge some of the more outrageous claims here.
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. - Emerson