Re: Cost of treating Varroa mites?
Somehow these calculations do not account for the success rate of those treatments AND cost of the replacement bees purchased AFTER the unsuccessful treatments.
I will let the accountants and economists figure this one out.
But, the proper calculations should factor in 1)cost of treatment of the entire apiary per surviving hives in spring and 2)an indexed cost of expense to replace the dead bees IF it happened.
- you spent $10 per 10 hives
- in spring, you have 5 hives surviving
- now your true cost is 10/5 = $2 per hive
- you also buy 2 replacement packages to compensate the 5 dead hives - that is ALSO part of your treatment cost (if bought nothing - this part of formula is zero).
(Your treatments did not turn out 100% effective - so you spent the time and money for nothing).
In short - whatever you guys/gals are talking above makes a big and fat assumption - you have 100% survival of your bees all due to the treatments.
You assume 100% effective treatments when you do your arithmetic, in other words.
Finally, everything discussed here is a short-term context.
Unfortunately for me, I am still planning to live for about 40 more years from today (and my kids are to live even longer).
This inconvenient factor is to be factored in too (no idea how - up to the accountants).
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.