Re: Mite bombs
I think its far less then they will pickup robing
fivej we cant get bee keepers to follow pesticide labels buceause they "know better" then the gov....
but yes, if new beekeepers were taught to hit packages with oa at install, cull drone brood, put on robbing screens, pull a nuc the 1st year, etc the mite landscape and gentinc landscape would change..
not quite what is says....
The bee imformed partnership survey has side liner numbers for people who use no mite reduction product at just 3 percent more loss then those that use a product over a five year period for all states combined.
but it comes down to this,as Mike Palmer said
if you run the numbers for those who do alcohol washes or use Amitraz you see a significant survival difference, why? these are the fokes who take there mites seriously.
It really has to do with the population of mites in the untreated, under treated, or improperly treated colonies
arguing mite bombs with most TF types is like arguing evolutionist theory with some of the creationism folowers...
It goes against there core beliefs so not amount of data or study's will bring them to an informed or educated position.
The "let them die" message has been very damaging to the TF cause, and to beekeeprs around them... I used to be TF with feral based stock and was doing ok... 300 yards or so away some one went 007 on 20 packages. and kept replacing the losses with more packages.. I took 100% losses 3 years in a row and coudn't figger out why... I had mythical ferals in magic topbars and and I don't treat....its not the mite killing my hives its(Insert long list of excuses)... 2016 I did a fall treatment and took zero losses they lost all 20 ...
nuff said I can't go TF in that yard, the mite invasion rates are just too high
all beekepers create a mite bomb at some point... its just going to happen... the difference is the ones that sit there and watch a hive die with out intervention are choosing to hurt outer beekeepers, not doing it by acedent
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