I attend a rapidly expanding "hobby" beekeeper club. The overwhelming majority of its members are planning a "natural" beekeeping method. Most members are 1st or 2nd year newbees.
In an online poll I initiated in August, 4 of 170 were anticipating using MAQS, 2 of 170 would use Oxalic, and 1 of 170 had Amitraz in the cabinet. (I am including myself in those numbers).
One of the 4 using MAQS posted an image on our local FB group after installing the strips.
I uploaded an image following my 4th sequential OAV treatment.
One would think images like that would convince everyone that mite treatment is a necessity.... but, no.
So, what actually changes peoples minds about Varroa? What evidence actually is convincing ?
Do folks have examples of 1st year beekeepers changing course, or is the decision to be "natural" set in stone?