Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj
As it has been said more often now - NOT few millennia.
Originally Posted by beemandan
Rather few decades.
In fact, those few decades are just about to be over.
Think for a few minutes - we are actually set for the break over.
The year 2020 few months away, last I checked - we are talking 50-60 years of this Varroa saga in the Western world.
Many places moved on long ago and resumed normal programming - IF they chose to do so.
It is really the people who are problem at the moment, not the bees.
This is up to the masses to decide IF they are done treating (ineffective for the most back-yarders, as it is) and just ask for the resistant, low-maintenance stock.
The resistant stocks are available - everyone should just ask for them.
Feral stocks are also available - just ask for them right on this board, if really care.
As long you do your annual swarming/splitting routine (just a common sense, normal, sledge-hammer-type management) - you are done.
If you over-centralize your bees - well, again, you are just creating a generic, ticking-bomb problem (not parasite specific) - artificial, general problem.
Bees should be a low-maintenance item, just like your car, fridge, washer and dryer.
Heck, unlike cats and dogs, bees are already predisposed to be a low-maintenance thing - they feed themselves and go outside to poop themselves.
Enough is enough.
My older car is 2007 Toyota Sienna minivan (the beekeeping dump on wheels).
This is how the bees should be too - once-per-year oil change and tire rotation - maintenance done.
Still unsure if I need to change the original spark-plugs ($$$$ on this V6) - I could as well run this thing into the ground as is and just replace the entire van, when done with it.
Last edited by GregV; 09-03-2019 at 08:27 AM.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.