- Oct 13, 2020
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He didn't, I am sure, mean that anyone should decide whether or not to treat their hives in September based on a varroa sample done in July....it was to Bob Binnie. My point is something that it seems likely you would agree with; a decision not to treat made on the basis of the best tool available to us is quite likely to be a bad decson..
But yes, even if I did an alcohol wash in September, and found few mites, I would treat anyway, I admit it. Which is why I don't do alcohol washes.
Maybe if I did a series of three or four weekly alcohol washes, to capture mite levels over a whole brood cycle, I might trust the results. But I don't really want to kill over a thousand bees in each hive .......