Re: Something needs to change - looking for suggestions
Here are my recent experiences David. We did our usual late summer/early fall thymol treatments. Due to a late season heat wave we decided to delay when we began making the rounds to treat by a couple of weeks (it takes most of a month to get through them all). The results were quite clear. Our fall losses were higher and overall bee quality poorer in the later treated yards than in the earlier treated yards. It wasnt the only factor as it was also apparent that bees that had later flows were much stronger than those which made little or no surplus honey in the month of August. When filling out my BeeInformed survey I will note my losses and I will note that they were all treated yet that hardly tells the whole story. Were I just running a few hives and didnt get around to treating them until late or opted for a miticide that varroa has developed considerable resistance to then that person may well honestly conclude (and report) that "I treated but my bees still died". If you choose to go treatment free for your own reasons that is entirely your choice, far be it for me to tell those folks that they are wrong. Just accept this fact. A well timed effective varroa treatment will always result in stronger hives than an ineffective treatment or no treatment at all. That may not be the case 10 or 20 years from now as tf breeding programs gradually make headway in varroa tolerant stock but for this year and the foreseeable future thats the reality regardless of what the survey may say.
Originally Posted by David LaFerney
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