- May 8, 2021
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Sorry I'm too new. Can someone tell me how to PM?Welcome Ice509.
I am a hard core non treater. But I found icing sugar ineffective. It knocks a few phoretic mites off, but doesn't deal with the real problem, the ones breeding in the brood nest.
The "trick" seems to be to let the bees do their own thing, as thwy have been handling parasites for millions of years. So:
- Use local Irish bees, they're great
- Allow swarming (brood break)
- Avoid stimulative, ie essentially all, feeding, unless you are a migratory beekeeper
PM me if you want more info
Haven't seen that book, thanks for the pointer