Re: Bees with no wings
Originally Posted by honeyshack
Now HS, I am gonna have to disagree with you. My Russian Hybrids and Italians do have a small mite load and I WILL NOT treat them. THATS BEING SAID, i know that you make part of your income off of beeking, so you may do as you please and do whatever it takes to survive. There was a VERY specific reason i went to RH breed bees. Mites are heavy on some and light on others but seeing the DFW DOES NOT freak me out. I pay attention for sure, but i can't and won't treat. Call me whatever you want, but the goal is a breed of bee that can withstand the onslaught of the mites as they are becoming more and more resistant to chemicals, as MANY here have stated. If i make it through winter with one out of 8, i will continue to do the same. The breed does have some affect and while many do not like the Russian traits...i.e. small clusters etc...i think they will at least be part of the answer that we are all seeking. Just because you put out ant bait doesn't mean they will die from it....as the mites have shown. Yes, I know there will be some that say, well your gonna lose all 8, well maybe i will, maybe not, but if not, I assure you I will breed from the colonies that do make it. But.....remember, I am a newb and I do not make my living from it....hey HS, man I miss talking to ya...LOLOL
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