I seen some little tiny red ants crawling on my hive today. Normally they don't go near the hive but travel right beside it.
I have looked and looked and tried to follow the ants to where they were going but to no avail as they disappear into the grasses and such so that it makes them really hard to follow.
I had poured some honey out on a rock one time to empty a feeding apparatus that was set up for them and these same little red and swarmed in and started gathering it.
While there isn't a huge amount per se on my hive I don't want it to turn into a problem. One thing is that I don't even know what kind of ant they are. The only way to describe them are red and about 3/32 of an inch in length.
Are bees really sensitive to ants or will they defend their hive against them? How do they defend their hive? Are the ants going to be a problem.
I have some ant stop which is supposed to kill the ants so I boxed in the hive with a line of it. After thinking about it for a little while I decided that it wasn't such a good idea and washed the powder away with about 40 liters of water. It was in the evening so the bees weren't moving all that much.
Please advise, it is the only hive I have until I can make a split in January or February.