just learning how to interact with computer. used baited boxes to catch swarms and also one swarm taken from small tree and one hive cut out of eve of house and comb elasticed into frames and hived with the help of a more knowledgable friend. so much to learn. two winters on computer plus a dozen books read at least twice. one hive survived the winter so i hope to make increase from there. one question i would like answered is how a break in brood rearing can lower varoa mite population. does the female mite die if she has no place to lay eggs for a few weeks.wouldnt she just wait until queen starts laying again and then continue? dont understand. some explanation please.