I haven't seen any mites at all this year, even in the 5 hives I didn't treat, of course they were the only ones I had left. I haven't done a sugar shake but tore up a lot of drone comb the first time I took mine apart all the way to the bottom board for the spring inspection. Didn't see any mites on the drone brood.
Once I start adding honey supers I don't go back into the brood till after I have got what honey I am taking,
Unless it is for something like I had with the two queenless colonies.
Haven't started drone foundation yet. I plan on starting it and starter strips as soon as possible.
I know it sounds like I'm dragging my feet, But I wasn't into the kind of bee keeping That this forum is all about.
I feel like I have found the MOTHER load in this forum.