Re: 2 Year and treatment free
Yeah, the vinegar is for PH. I try to make it like honey - mostly just a guess. You can buy spearmint or distill it yourself if your are really serious. Same with vinegar. The spearmint mostly just floats on the syrup, so again, is debateble. The creosote bush is an old Mexican folk remedy, and said to kill parasites and mites. I probably don't do it enough to really be able to tell. You are supposed to smoke the heck out of them over the course of a few weeks, but all I do is mix it with my smoker fuel and not worry about it. Not sure why mine live and other beek's die? Have no answer other than their 1/2 wild genetics for the most part. I should know soon enough, my bees are part of a study being conducted in my region. On one hand I want to know, and on the other I don't really want to know. I have lost colonies of purely domestic bees to mites where my others cannot be killed it would seem. Side by side you can't tell much difference in the two.
NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.