I am in Michigan,and do not supply bees, but i have bought them, and know some suppliers supply packages from like georgia / etc.
so here in michigan we have down to -20 f temps in the winter, our queens stop laying drones in the winter, kick em out of the hive, let the lazy bums die,etc and therefor we have a dramatic drop of varroa in our winters.....but then spring rolls around and we of course have a lot of guys who migrate their hives down south for the winter and bring them back up, as well as package suppliers from down south. michigan has been red hot for sales of packages. a friend i have sold over 1,000 in the first 5 hours when his load came in, and that was early may even, so not early sales. and these were italians, russians and others were back ordered and sold out or just not to be found.
anyways, the topic is....what are the measures if any taken to stop bringing mites up here in the spring, any?
I'm about as govt. hands off as it gets....but I am not liking the sounds of this. It seems to harm all of us no? or do people just think there really is no damage or mites/disease/etc. transfer involved at all? What do y'all think? and if you give a opinion, please state if you migrate hives or not yourself. I do not, so am inexperienced in what is specifically involved or if y'all take specific measures.