Re: Can splits control mites?
If it is what bees do naturally or closely emulates what bees do naturally, then I would not call it a treatment. On the other hand, I don't treat my bees in any way, no chemicals, no special manipulation, no drone brood removal and they are thriving. The problem is that me posting this info will reach many newbees and even some experienced beekeepers who won't understand the work I had to put in to get to this stage. It did NOT happen overnight and it was not a pleasant experience losing as many colonies as I lost over the years.
It may be thrilling to think of beekeepers abandoning chemical mite treatments, but the reality is that very very few colonies are naturally mite resistant.
NW Alabama, 46 years, 24 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest