Comment: I am a small time beekeeper.

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I am a small time beekeeper.

And my girls mean the world to mean so I did the research. I now raise them organically and this is the key. I belong to a group of organic beekeepers and they would all agree with me when I tell you that the problem lies in the dope and cell size of the foundations being used commercially. The chemicals used on plants throughout America are also harmful....I have never allowed any chemicals to be used on my land anywhere to try to counteract some of that. The unnatural large cell foundation they use gives the mites more time to manifest themselves in the hives. The dopes they use on their hives and bees are also a huge part of the problem as evidenced by the fact that those of us who use natural small cell (4.9 mm) foundations and no dopes in our hives are rarely having these problems and when we do, we have been able to, most times, save the hive(s) by using natural and organic methods. The dopes and large cells are all part of the "make more money at any cost" game so in their efforts to mess with mother nature in order increase their profits, they are destroying their industry. I have not done the explanations here justice and if you wish to know more, the Organicbeekeepers group over at Yahoo has alot of really good info on this.
As far as bats are concerned, our bats are still thriving and I have not noticed any decrease in their numbers here. I like having them around so I pay attention to how many I see at night (if I need to put up more housing for them, I want to know right away and get-er-done).

**the soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears**

**the soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears**