Remember, a rule of thumb, if you see one mite, you can venture that there are 100 lurking in the cells, and they then produce females and males, each laying in a cell, the numbers can be staggaring.....if you don't look after them, yep, colony collapse in a couple of years....no ifs, ands, or buts, small cell is certainly good from all that I have been hearing and reading. Bees emerge a little faster, hindering the mite propagation process, plus many other factors. Have a beautiful and wonderful day, love our life. Cindi
I was shocked when I did sticky board monitoring last year, how many mites fell when I vapourized with oxalic acid fumes, hundreds of mite fell, when I only saw 10-15 per colony on the sticky boards. I have posted mite counts in a previous thread.