First, my apologies and disclaimers:
1.) I'm new at this; I picked up my first two nucs about three weeks ago.
2.) I know there is already a LOT of posts on here about ants, but none I found that answer my exact questions. (Maybe I just have stupid questions
About a week after I out my hives in, I started seeing one or two large black carpenter ants on the outside of the hives. I was not concerned, as they rarely went for the entrance, and when they did, the bees chased them off.
So, when deciding how to feed them, I chose not to feed them sugar water directly in or from the hive. Both of my hives are about 10' away from an old tree house. I hung a half gallon gravity feeder under this tree house with a bungee cord, to help keep the rain from washing it away. It took the bees a week to find it, but after they did, they of course use it often. After three weeks though, the carpenter ants finally found it as well yesterday. They have taken it over with a vengence. By the time I left them last night, the ants were attacking any bees that tried to land on the feeder. (It was really ticking the bees off). I did make a small jar of sugar water and boric acid and set it at the base of the tree house where I saw the ants climbing, and make sure the make the entrance only large enough for the ants. (I tried cinnamon and vaseline; they laughed). I can't trace them to their home and kill them with boiling water, as there is a half acre brush pile within a few feet that contains 50 years of wood and brush dumping.
So, here comes my stupid questions:
1.) If I move or remove that feeder tonight, is there a concern that these now bold ants will turn 10' away and take over my hives?
2.) Since they are not currently taking over the hives and are occupied with the feeder, should I just left them have it and let the bees fight them for it, and be glad they are not in my hives?
3.) Or, does leaving this feeder here only leave my open to drawing so many of these in that they do eventually take over the hives as well?
4.) Should I just slowly continue trying to carefully poisen the ants and be patient, or is there something I should do immediately?
(I understand all of these questions can't really be answered, but any feedback at all would be greatly appreciated).