Re: Artificial swarm to control mites
if your interested in powder sugar dusting for mites i suggest reading the write up on the country rubes website and also on randy olivers scientific beekeeper site.
a queen right split is similar to a swarm and breaks the the varroa's breeding cycle.
for your first year i would suggest the powder sugar treatments (it is a treatment).
as you gain familiarity with the bees i suggest breaking the brood cycle and dropping the powder sugar treatment.
i stopped using powdered sugar three years ago and just do queen right splits just before the flow.
i would also suggest looking into mite resistant bees and bees that winter with a very small cluster.
when given star thistle make honey