Breeding the good mite
Jumping off from David LaFerney's how long does it take thread; A standard technigue to go treatment free would requeen failing hives with the daughters of hives that are succeeding. If you accept that part of successful TF requires an adapted mite as well as an adapted bee several possiblities open up. Rather than spreading just the queens genes then the mites genes should be spread as well. Should drone frames be taken from successful TF hives and used to innoculate failing hives? I will not comment on methods of removing the resident mites. Even if you go Bond, shouldn't the dying hive be doing the least contamination with viralent mites as possible?
If you can't find a local TF queen, is a TF drone frame available?
Buy a TF nuc? Do you consider the hitchhiking mites may be as valuable as the queen?
Anyone have feedback on their efforts to breed a good mite?
4 yrs, Peak 14, back to zip, T lite; godfather to brother's 3.