Hi all i had 12 hives of bees that I kept for a few years. I had a lot of trouble losing them to mites, as do we all. Anyhow, I basically abandoned them while building a house 4 years ago. there are still 3 hives alive. I am thinking i am surprised that any survived. Is that unusual that they have made it for so long with no outside care whatsoever? neighbors keep bugging me to teach them about bees, so I'll be starting up with caring for them again this spring, but in the meantime, i was wondering if I may have some bees that are a bit resistant to mites.