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    Default My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    After losing two nucs to ants I came up with a solution for those darn Argentine ants that raid hives here in California. I made "T's" with 1" galvanized pipe. At the bottom of the T joint, I slipped on 2" white PVC end caps after drilling holes in them. I hung them upside down on the pipe and filled them with high temp bearing grease that doesn't run in the heat. The rain won't be a factor because they're upside down under hives.

    I pounded the pipe legs into the ground 2 feet deep. I secured the 2x6 PT frame to the T joints with plumbing strap. The cross members are resting on the T joints to better handle hive weight. NO MORE ANT PROBLEMS! (Sorry about the finger in the first pic)
    Ant Proof Hive Stand 1.jpgAnt Proof Hive Stand 2.jpgAnt Proof Hive Stand 3.jpgAnt Proof Hive Stand 4.jpgAnt Proof Hive Stand 5.jpgAnt Proof Hive Stand Grease.jpg
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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Nice! I like the idea.

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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Looks good. How many hives can it hold?
    Dan

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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    I usually have 5 (8 frames) but you could do 6. I think 4 or 5 10 frames would fit nicely.
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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    nice!

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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Hi Charlie, We are going to build this but I can't seem to find the actual directions. I thought I had seen a step by step article, but "someone" lost it! Can you tell me how wide the stand is? Thanx so much! Pam

    I pounded the pipe legs into the ground 2 feet deep. I secured the 2x6 PT frame to the T joints with plumbing strap. The cross members are resting on the T joints to better handle hive weight. NO MORE ANT PROBLEMS! (Sorry about the finger in the first pic)
    Ant Proof Hive Stand 1.jpgAnt Proof Hive Stand 2.jpgAnt Proof Hive Stand 3.jpgAnt Proof Hive Stand 4.jpgAnt Proof Hive Stand 5.jpgAnt Proof Hive Stand Grease.jpg[/QUOTE]

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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Pam,

    The total width of the stand is 15". I cut the cross members that rest on the T-joints 12" long. When you account for the front and rear joist, (each being 1 1/2" thick) screwed to the cross members, you get a total width of 15".

    You can make the stand wider but then you'll have to use longer cross member pipe.

    Here's a parts list:

    1" threaded galvanized pipe

    (2) pieces 36" long (legs)
    (4) pieces 8" to 10" long (cross members)
    (2) T-joints
    (4) end caps for cross members

    (2) white 2" PVC end caps

    Lumber (Can be pressure treated or any type of wood painted)

    (2) 2x6x8
    (4) 2x6x1 (cross members)

    Hardware

    3" deck screws
    1" galvanized screws (to screw plumbing strap to crossmembers)
    Metal plumbing strap

    High temperature brake grease.

    Drill a 1 1/4" hole dead center of the 2" PVC end caps. Thread those on upside down on one end of the legs. Pound the other end into the ground and assemble the parts as shown in the photographs. Use a putty knife to fill in the grease into the upside down PVC cups.
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    Darn you CharlieB! I like it and now have to build one for 5 10 frame hives. My dimensions will be slightly different due to my Country Rubes SBBs. But realistically very clever and it will take care of my red ant problem here in Houston.
    Mike
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    Mmmooretx,

    I got so frustrated with these little black Argentine ants that are relentless with nucs and starter hives.
    Everytime I do splits into nucs here they come. I've tried everything and nothing worked except this.

    I just built my third stand for my yard in Saratoga. It's better to use 1 1/2" pipe for more than 5 hives on one stand. A little more stable.

    Good luck!
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    I thought I had beat my ants into submission (bait stations) but now that is cooler I see I have sugar ants all over and going into my nucs in force. I wonder if I could have just put that grease on my hive stand blocks?
    “Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)

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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Mmmooretx,

    I got so frustrated with these little black Argentine ants that are relentless with nucs and starter hives.
    Everytime I do splits into nucs here they come. I've tried everything and nothing worked except this.

    I just built my third stand for my yard in Saratoga. It's better to use 1 1/2" pipe for more than 5 hives on one stand. A little more stable.

    Good luck!
    Thanks for the additional insight on the pipe size. Technically I am limited to 5 hives and now have 3, 2 more to be added in April. I would like to build one 10' long so I could do some NUCs due to swarms etc. I may build two shorter ones, all in my back yard, but am wrestling with the weather and temporary move of 3 double deep hives while doing the install of the pipe base/frame base. Time to measure and plan. Who knows we may get another warm day to execute/implement!
    Thanks again for a great idea.
    Mike
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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Great, now that makes a lot more sense to me. I would much rather be stable. ;-)

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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Just an update on my hive original stand. I checked it today. Grease is still soft and doing it's job since May with no touch ups. Many ants have tried but as you can see, the bodies are stuck forever in their grease tomb.
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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Here's a modified version that you can attach to an existing hive stand using 1x4 pine and wood dowels. I use this for lightweight nucs and starter hives. For regular hives you can replace the 1x4 pine with 2x6's on top.

    Modified ant prood4.jpgModifird ant proof5.jpgModified ant proof3.jpgModified ant proof2.jpgModified ant proof1.jpg
    Last edited by Charlie B; 11-03-2012 at 10:47 AM.
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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Charlie B,
    Just a quick question as I am going out to buy materials today. Do you put end caps on the pipe ends you pound into the ground?
    Mike
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    Tex,

    No end cap on the ground end of the legs. You can either cut the threads off at angles with a grinder to sharpen the end that goes into the ground, (easier to pound in) or just pound in as it is. Quick tip, screw on an end cap at the other end and pound on it so you don't damage the threads you'll need to screw on the cross T's.

    You can also dig a hole and concrete the legs in much like a fence post. This adds much more stability if you plan on having more than a couple of hives on your stand.

    If you already have a basic hive stand you can also do a modified addition (post#20) that's less expensive but works just as well.

    Good luck!
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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Is it possible to get most of this pre assembled?

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    insane,

    All of the materials used are common dimensional lumber sizes you can get at any Home Depot or Lowes including the white PVC end caps. I used 3" deck screws to fasten it all together.
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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Very cool Charlie. I will have to modify my stand later. for now I used Ant Block under my pond liner. Knocked out 2 fire ant hives, bees can't get to the block.
    Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.

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    You Texan's have huge ants there! How many hives do you have now? Is that tree colony still alive and kicking?
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