If you say so.
If you say so.
Decided not to make a point, The OP wanted an upbeat Reminder to put on Pollen patties, not a ludicrous argument over treated vs not treated...
As far as I know, grease patties work by grease getting distributed around the hive on bees making it difficult for tracheal mites to get through the hairs surrounding trachea of the bees not yet infested.
Also as far as I know, grease patties w/ or w/out wintergreen oil have no effect on varroa mites. They probably don't do any damage.
Hopefully you aren't putting any Terramycin in your grease patty mix. Because that has been shown to promote resistance in AFB because of its slow release.
very tempting... but I am also trying to be better! Argumentive makes us both look like fools... and besides, its real hard to get anything pointing out someones stupididty or being critical past Barry
The University of Florida is STILL recommending using grease patties for tracheal mite treatment. When I started in 2008 that was the preferred method of treatment, now it's part of their IPM.
You guys are starting to worry me. If I do nothing I feel I'm neglecting my stewardship. If I do too much I'm making lazy, welfare bees that can't take care of themselves. Fortunately I know there's no wrong or right answer. The solution is so evasive because we still don't know the "why" of bee disease much less how to treat it. But we try....and hopefully learn and get better for next year.
From my viewpoint I think all your "arguing" is rather helpful. I appreciate the experience leaking out from the passion in your posts. Just look at the membership pages. Lots of newbies and hungry minds lurking. Keep up the advice and lessons learned.....even if it ruffles friendly feathers.
Good queens will solve the problem. No need for the grease patties.The University of Florida is STILL recommending using grease patties for tracheal mite treatment.
Yep! Thanks. Sometimes I read/watch/hear stuff and hit the panic button before I've had time to digest it in context.