It’s probably a good thing my bees don’t read the forums. :laugh: I’ve got more bees than I know what to do with and I don’t treat,....
Ah, a true politician. You say much, without really saying anything.
Got more bees than you know what to do with, means what? That could be one colony or 25 colonies. That could mean you simply are ignorant and are scratching your head trying to determine what to do with your bees. Like with having no plans for the coming season. All this could be true whether you treat or not.
Did you say "I do not treat, and have never lost a hive?" No you did not. Of course then you could just say as others "I've lost bees, but not due to mites" ;) That seems popular.
So what does your statement really say? It may imply for some that you do not treat, you have never lost a colony, and your bees have multiplied to astronomical levels that you have bees coming out your ears.
But we both know you never said that. Good play indeed!
For myself.........I do not treat either, or at least in the matter of chemical treatments I do not treat. But have I lost a colony to mites from time to time.....absolutely! I lose perhaps 10-15% of my colonies for various problems, like mites, every year. I guess I could rationalize that it was for other reasons, then I could sell more bees claiming to have the ultimate survivor line of mite survival bees, or some magical way of keeping bees in a certain hive that has completely handled mites 100%. But that would be a lie.
But we do not need to worry about you making any false statements. Your statement is subjective, and could be read many different ways. You are a seasoned debater. ;) You know how to mince your words. Unfortunately, they have no real meaning for those actually knowing what they read. ;)
The bad thing is, others will read such comments, see others doing nothing with their bees while claiming wild success, then do nothing, and will lose bees. The message is clear.....the whole problem with mites was a fabrication of evil types out to sell you something. There is NO mite problems. Never was, never will be. There were never mites to begin with. Just do nothing with your bees, and you too will have success.
Wish I would of thought of that earlier. ;)