Robo.. I think I have made it clear I support everyones efforts to keep the mites in check. However, my previous post was an attempt at humor. I thought I made that clear, but apparently not. Hopefully, those with the ability to laugh, took the opportunity to do so.
I don't think there is any doubt that the Lusby's have introduced AHB genetics into their bees. I don't have access to a DNA lab, or the education to make the tests, even if I did. I'm sure the part where Dee Lusby volunteers to have her bees tested is just something I haven't read yet.
I have stated in several posts that I am trying small cell. Maybe the low humidity, high desert heat will combine to make it effective here. I'm not doing it half assed, or with an opinion already formed about it's application. By the same token, I have had hot bees, and while a defensive colony is one thing, an aggresive one is something completely different. I'd rather spend the day on the links, than try to manage bees that will chase me a quarter of a mile. (unless it's seven feet tall with six inch fangs.. I don't like to run)
Skeptisim is healthy, however gulibility is much more damaging. Even though 90% of what you read might be true, it's probably safer to believe 10% and research what you can through other sources. This is especially important since the internet became "public domain" and anyone with a library card has the ability to post an opinion. (myself included)
All that said, I hope whatever system you are using for mite control is successful, that your bees evolve to manage the mites, and everyone makes lots of honey this year.
I will say, my bees were in the blazing sun all summer, (and untreated) and when I walked outside today, I gave them each a kick.... (34 degrees around noon) each of them growled at me to let me know they didn't appreciate it.