Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread
Here's one I messed up the newly drawn cup, but you see the interior development.
I wanted to tell this story FYI. But also so you know, although I treat for mites not only to protect my investments but to appeal to my need for what I consider competent animal husbandry, I still work towards the need for less treatments and less potentially residual toxic exposures. I am more into the science end of beekeeping so experiments keep it interesting.
As I say, if you took the use of virgin queens away from me, I'd have to change up my whole program and use treatments much more than I currently do to get the same result.
But Virgin queen use is sustainable.
Unfortunately, many beekeepers are afraid of using them.
It's not likely mites will evolve fast enough to become immune to the effects of a good brood break, but they eventually do become resistant to mite treatments of the chemical kind, especially if overused and not rotated with other forms of management. Using treatments along with brood breaks is well known to be very effective. The trick is to invoke a brood break during the season without sacrificing the colonies performance and production. And not so labor intensive it is not practical.
My quest for alternative mite management is in my realization If I don't get something sustainable figured out, I am setting myself up for eventual failure if the treatments I rely on eventually become no longer as effective or no longer available.
Whether you treat right now or not, every beekeeper should have a plan for the future if they want to continue with any kind of success.
A couple of my favorite quotes : "If you wait to prepare until there is a problem , it is usually too late"
& "Over prepare, then go with the flow"
What would you do if approved mite treatments you rely on were pulled from the market or were so expensive they were cost prohibitive?
Didn't that happen to the commercial guys around 2012 when they regulated/ banned Amitraz from off label use? As I recall, there was some severe scrambling and losses for a while.
Last edited by Lauri; 01-15-2018 at 10:32 AM.
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