I'd like to know what is recommended as far as disease prevention and pest control for a package of bees introduced to a new hive. I know this topic has been discussed before, but many of you stay so up to date on bee "stuff" that you may know something new.
For instance, I had fumagilin-B on my order list because the catalog says to use it on ALL newly installed package bees. Then I read that fumagilin-B is banned in European countries because it has been linked to cancer.
It's difficult for someone new to beekeeping like myself to know what to do when the bee keeping catalogs in the United States says one thing and bee keepers in the rest of the world basically say we are giving our bees something that will cause us to get cancer.
So, do I treat my bees with anything or not. I like the idea of organic, all natural hives, but is this practical with package bees? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.