Re: Alcohol wash vs. Sugar shake
Never heard of that. How does one do that JRG?
Originally Posted by JRG13
I'm not so sure that one method is necessarily better than another, but that it's a matter of consistently sampling an accurate same sample size. Then drawing consistent conclusions from what the results indicate.
Any sampling technique is an indicator, not necessarily a direct correlation of X number of mites in the sample equaling X number of mites in the hive. No one I have ever asked has ever said that 1 mite in a 300 bee sample correlates to 100 mites in a 30,000 bee colony.
How many people ever take more than one sample from the same hive to compare results? It might be interesting to do multiple samples from the same hive at the same time or on consecutive days, to see what that would show.
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