This is a strange article. When I first read it, I thought the writer sounded like a major ignoramus. How could you keep bees and not ever hear of mites? What beekeeper would say that mites can kill colony in a single day? How can you restock 12 colonies "the next day" in early March in upstate NY? Since when do queens expend energy enlarging cells so they can lay drone eggs?
So I googled the author. Turns out she's President of the Catskill Mountain Beekeeper's Club, and teaches beekeeping classes!
It doesn't add up...