No chemicals

Standard beekeeping practices employ the use of chemicals to treat and control pests and diseases of honeybees.  Some of these include things like terramycin to control foul brood, fumagilin-B for nosema, Apistan strips for varroa mites, paradichlorobenzene for wax moths.
We don't expose our bees to these chemicals, especially when they're producing honey that we're planning on eating ourselves!  We use alternate methods of pest control: mineral oil to increase mite drop; sugar dusting to encourage hygienic grooming behavior; small hive beetle traps loaded with cooking oil.  We don't want our honey exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals or our wax building up residuals from them, so we don't use them.

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