New colorado Beekeper checking in. Southern Elpaso county along Fountain Creek.
I have been beekeeping for almost three years now. My hives are being kept in a shed, due to an incident with a bear within two weeks of setting up my first hive. I have not been treating for mites and the bees are doing well.
All of my hives are from local swarms. My first hive came from a swarm from the Golden area.
The second hive is from the first hive that swarmed on Sept 1st 2017 this same year. I managed to keep them alive through the winter of 2017. Both these hives are very strong.
My third hive is from my neighbors tree which lost a limb last September 2018. They absconded and moved into my swarm trap I still had set up.
These bees are small cell bees, which I am trying to keep alive through this winter 2018-2019.
So far my mite counts on all my hives are very low to nonexsistant. I am curiouse if this has to do with the wild hops that grows on my property along the creek. I wonder if there has been any studies on the hops flower and the might population. I know Hopp guard is made from the hops flower, but I dont know if the bees foraging on these flowers would be the reason my bees are virtually might free. I do believe there is a direct correlation with this theory, but would like some proof, other than what I have observed.