Hello all! I'm new here and to beekeeping. O've started a hive in Buffalo, NY and things have been going great. My bees are buckfast bees and the hive is moving along smoothly in its third week as there are about 2 frames full of brood and pollen and such. I've seen them makeone swarm cell and from what i've read i should only be worried if there's a few more. The other problem is that there is a nest of black ants nearby, not a large one, but still. When I checked the hive today there was about 6 or so ants crawling over the hive and into the hive top feeder. The ants are about 5-8 mm in length and my hive sits atop of two cinder blocks. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about how to solve this besides moving the hive, as the hive is in a rather nice place besides that. Also, I have heard of placing the legs of a table in cans of water to stop ants, but I don't think that would work with the cinder blocks. And also I'd like some feedback about the swarm cells. Thank you for your help!
[size="1"][ May 09, 2006, 07:01 PM: Message edited by: Kyle ][/size]