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Ants in the beehive
May 27, 2010, 5:11 pm
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Ok, now i’ve had a few minutes to google the problem, and here’s what I found out.

People suggest putting the hive up on legs and then rest each leg in a tuna can filled with motor oil. Ugh–no i don’t think so.

People suggest using terro ant baits–Ugh, nope not that one either.

People suggest putting cinnamon around the base of the hive. You need to re-apply after a rain. Maybe we’ll try that.

Or you could put a mint leave or two under the lid. Will try that one first.

Others say an old timers trick was to put a black walnut leaf in the hive. We don’t have those so won’t try that one.

The nice thing is that people say the ants don’t really bother the bees too much, they’re more of a nuisance for the beekeeper because they like to nest under the lid.

So, I’ll have to check and see if they’re back and then I’ll be testing the solutions here and will get back to you.

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Go go motor oil! Make an umbrella to go over the tuna can and it’s protected from the rain too! The mint is interesting though – don’t ants like mint? If not, maybe just grow some around the hive to create a natural barrier? It gorws like mad so shouldn’t take too long, and you then also get something to put in your cocktails each evening!

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