Re: Use of Chemical and Nonchemical Methods for the Control of Varroa destructor
The biggest problem with is they put the raw data up for everyone, and it is often misused/misinterpreted and correlation vs causation gets all mucked up.
a common one is "Is the BIP says it's bad to feed your bees capped honey" Yes those who feed dry sugar lost 28.6% those who fed capped honey lost 44.2%
but is capped honey bad?
look at the likely reasons... Is it just those who lose more bees have more capped frames in the dead outs to feedback?
or maybe the type of keeper who feeds honey frames instead of much cheaper sugar tends to be on the less harsh, and often less effective side of mite control[/QUOTE]
Good point. I feed my bees honey in the frame, not from deadouts, but from excess frames from the brood-nests.
I had one colony of 13 come out of Winter with a lot of bees, but no Queen.
It seems to me that data from splitting would be the most easily manipulated, misunderstood or honestly mistakenly reported. I still don't know if there is a consensus *among beekeepers* on how to count losses or gains when splitting is used.
Last edited by AHudd; 05-03-2019 at 12:53 PM.
Reason: *among beekeepers*
Ten years of Beekeeping before varroa. Started again spring of 2014.