Re: forced brood break
Good rebuttal to the whole brood break idea. Not in that camp at all as a means of mite control unless combined with a treatment once all the mites are phoretic. (See psm1212's post above.) Look at the life cycle of the mite, not the bee, and one can see why. The foundress mite lives through two breeding cycles so a 15 day break will have almost zero impact on mite deaths, and only a very short term affect on total mite numbers. Once the brood break is over, all the mites (now living on the bees) will invade the new brood "en masse" and begin the reproductive cycle once again. Any observed decrease in mite infestation is, in my opinion, due to the mites migrating to someone else's hives that are not, as the mite would see it, dying. Overall, I think drone comb removal would.have a better impact for those wishing to remain totally TF as it physically removes mites from the hive and kills them.
Are there any scientific studies in an isolated area that prove that a brood break is effective at actually reducing total mite numbers as opposed to simply redistributing them to neighboring apiaries?
Last edited by JWPalmer; 02-08-2020 at 11:00 AM.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.