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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Prunedale, CA

    Default Central Coast California

    Ron here. My dad bought a box about 2 years ago for his garden. When I retired from the military and moved back to my hometown, I was immediately hooked on bees. The fever spread to my neighbor and now Pruneadale HBR (Honey Bee Rescue) was formed. We're a small operation... 3 people and 8 hives, but we're having fun and doing what we can to save bees that may otherwise be exterminated. I contacted local exterminators and told them to refer bee issues to me. All but one of our hives are rescues or extractions.
    As beekeeping seems to be a neverending learning hobby, I have questions. I'm looking forward to the views of others in the forum and I hope I can help in certain cases.

    We're located in Prunedale, CA (Just North of Salinas) and service most of Monterey County.

    My first question is about ANTS. Hate em!!! Please take a look at my post under pests if you can help!! Thanks!

    Oh Yeah, We've been videoing... YouTube-search for cronflint. Extraction on Pebble Beach and a huge swarm that showed up in our back yard.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Greensboro, North Carolina

    Default Re: Central Coast California

    Welcome to the site!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Alachua County, FL, USA

    Default Re: Central Coast California

    Welcome, cans of oil under your hive stand posts will slow the ants. We had ants cross a cattle feeder full of water to get to a hive in the center and destroy it within hours. If they want it bad enough anti-gravity hive stands will not work. Simple ant poisons on the ground work for ants and other pests. Small hive beetle treatment, Gard Star is a ground application.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Concord, CA

    Default Re: Central Coast California

    Welcome from Concord, CA. SF Bay Area
    Ants haven't caused us any trouble this year, last year they bothered the hives a little.
    There's a new book out coastal california beekeeping, talks a little about the foggy area down there.

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