A belated hi, Czman! I'm from Kansas, too, but a thwarted Kansan Citian, lol! In Overland Park which is the largest suburb in Kansas City, no beekeeping allowed Grrrrrrrr! But then I'm sure I'd have tons of dead bees the way Kansas City is plastering all their garden centers with new Sevin products....I'm still sweating it and keeping my eyes peeled for any honeybee disappearance--crossing my fingers big-time. Bayer has now stopped the environmentalist group NRDAC from filing any more petitions to the ERA and there is not a single thing we can do about it either. Just a horrible, greedy corporation. They have also driven all their competition out of business or bought them out: Harpin, Compass were important far more benign fungicides and they were "silenced". There is also another benign synthetic chemical lawn treatment competitor that was also "silenced". Harpin has a pseudo-false website after the supposed "buyout". If you look closely it is impossible for an ordinary customer to order now....lots of brutal shenanigans.
But all I can do is pick my battles. Say what needs to be said and hope that eventually enough people will realize the dangers and stop using this product.
Well, Czman11, I wish you a happy and fantastic way to get around the loopholes and grow as many wonderful, thriving hives as you possibly can!!!!!
In a way though Bee Brothers has a real good thought about the startup for quality and getting that super strong hive first. Sheesh with all the obstacles that can get in the way of getting a healthy hive- predators, disease, and vicious crop pesticides, it's a battle of getting the healthiest possible hive too. I have found out that whenever I start a passionate hobby, the hardest thing is remembering to start gradually! I just want to jump in and do it! lol! no self-control, haha! Like when I first got into roses. I bought too many all at once and I still make this same impulsive mistake! Same with trying to find the best bee plant. Went crazy and wasted all my money getting useless plants for the very picky Kansas honeybee....