« Last post by OldMech on April 28, 2016, 10:36:36 PM »
Aye.. and I will continue to treat my bees with OAV to kill the mites that harm them. I must also disagree with Michael to a certain extent.. I want to see the research that shows OAV harms the bees please? I do constantly search for both the good, and bad. I have yet to see any definitive research done in any believable manner that indicates the bees are harmed by the correct usage of OAV... I have seen NON definitive research claiming a LOT of good, which i have discounted in favor of the more thorough processes done in a controlled manner, which also claim no harm is done.
Its sort of like researching systemic insecticides by planting a little patch of something treated with said insecticide near some beehives and claiming its safe for the bees... thats not how it works... Everyone wants the OAV to be the silver bullet for mites, and much of what i have read seems to be wishful thinking, I would also very much like to read about the other end of the spectrum, but have as yet found nothing I feel confident is accurate.
" If it kills the mite, it damages the bee." OK? How? When pretty much everything the bees forage on has OA in it to one degree or another.. yes, in trace amounts compared to the amount we stuff into the hives... What exactly is the damage?
I have read it harms open brood, but have seen no evidence to support it myself. I can point to several sites that claim it does no damage at all after "much" research, but like Monsanto testing their own pesticides, its easy to ignore any ill effects in favor of the good when you sell those pesticides (or in this case Vaporizors.)