MSL:... worth noting that the mites are dropping do the bees struggling from a slow death compared to a quick kill with alcohol
I respect your position on this. Like you, I endeavor to not inflict undue harm or suffering on any living creature and can understand why some would avoid using soap from this standpoint.
That said, I recognize that the collected bees are in-fact insects and as good as dead either way so I personally assign no moral imperative to the method.
In this particular case, we are talking about dead-outs and I offered the dish detergent commentary from the perspective of GregV looking for other methods that might be easier to execute in a remote yard (i.e. it might be easier and safer to pack around a bottle of Dawn rather than a bottle of 180 proof).
I do appreciate your willingness to push-back on my commentary- helps keep things between the ditches!