Community question: does anyone treat newly hived package bees in the early spring?
I have heard arguments for both sides.
Since there is no brood it is a good time to wipe out all mites before they infest new brood with Apivar or similar. But also it's a critical time where the bees are very stressed drawing comb and losing population waiting a full brood cycle for replacement workers.
What are some thoughts on whether to treat newly hived package bees for mites in early spring or not?