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  1. #1
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    Default Termites and Ants

    I made up a bunch of two hive migratory pallets with U clips. They work great! Before I built them I asked "beesource" for some general comments on likes or dislikes about this hive arrangement. Beesource commented back "ANTS" and "TERMITE" problems.

    And yes, I have found to have ant and termite problems,

    Its not enough of a problem to re arrange my equipment but is there any suggestions to help manage this problem?

    Thanks
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: Termites and Ants

    So I make mine 4 to a pallet by adding a 2x2 to the bottom of the bottom board then adding 1x2 and 1x4 to the pallet and they lock together. Works great. I think the plywood way of doing it would be more prone to termites and ants.

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    Default Re: Termites and Ants

    Ian: Are your pallets wide enough to replace the U with a W?
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    Default Re: Termites and Ants

    perhaps yes a W clip would probably work.

    I like the U clips because everything is held tight together and the U clips dont allow any box movement,

    How well does the W clips hold the boxes in place?
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: Termites and Ants

    Ian i use all W clips and every one else i know dose too and we have no problem with the movement. I strap everything front to back on the truck and there is usually no movement with the boxes except the last pallet sometimes.

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    Default Re: Termites and Ants

    you gotta have a decent gap in between otherwise its a breeding ground for ants and termites and other bugs. the smaller the space the more they like to call it home. i know it sucks having a bigger gap because in the fall they fill up with leaves and crap but its worth it to have to clean it out.

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    Default Re: Termites and Ants

    I dont strap, but then again I dont move my hives as far as you guys do. So ya, might try some W clips to see how they work.
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

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