Less than 2% had survivable mite loads!
Randy Oliver wrote a post on BeeL recently. I am twisting his intent but I believe my thinking is correct. Randy had about a thousand hives that had queens from breeders that he’d selected for reduced mite populations. By the end of their first year only 16 hives had survivable mite populations. Less than 2%! From selected queens!
I only say this because there are some who make fun of people who immediately suspect mites as a cause of hive failures.
Those of you who are new to beekeeping and have chosen a treatment free path…or those who ‘never saw any mites’….or those who believe their bees froze…..remember this. 2%....from selected queens!
I am not suggesting that you abandon your tf philosophy. I don't care. I am suggesting that you keep an objective mindset when it comes to varroa.
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. - Emerson