My daughter found a good deal for a langstroth hive from a commercial beekeeper. Hive with bees starting their 2nd season. While talking with him he mentioned that when he made simple syrup for feeding he added pine needles to the syrup. He said it was to control mites. He said he got it from a Russian beekeeping book. I had never heard of this and I can’t find it on the net. When I get in touch with him hopefully tonight, I’ll get the recipe. Now all we need is to get bees for out two top bar hives.
I still haven’t found any reason to infuse feeding sugar with pine needles but I have found that some people with many hives will bulk feed with a 5 gal bucket with pine needles on top for the bees to land on.