>I am just learning and need help with my thinking. I'm not sure who or what to listen to, there are confusing and conflicting ideas regarding varola treatment, so I am at the mercy of others and whatever advice they give. I am glad to know that you didn't understand either.
You best bet on Varroa is to not take anything on faith. Don't do anything and assume it works. There is a lot of resistance to Check mite, Apistan etc., so even if you are doing conventional chemical treatments they may fail. If you monitor the mites, with either a SBB with a tray or some other method, you can tell if what you are doing is working. If it isn't, you can take other steps.
>I want to go organic, but I don't want to lose my hive. If I can do that without treatment, then that's ok, better than ok, thats great.
I'd have some kind of treatment as a backup plan and monitor the mites. Even for people who DON'T want to go organic, it's better. If everyone had monitored and only treated when needed, the mites would not have built up resistance to the chemicals so quickly.
>I've read here and on your site about small cell foundation. I am going to order brood foundation for the spring and am going to try it. Thanks so much for your thoughts.
You are welcome.
>Also, your observations about small cell comparisions in feral bees is really interesting, as are your feelings about genetics and natural selection. I tend to agree with the latter, feral bee colonies that make it tend to be strong, so something's working well there.
Nothing succeeds like success. :)