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  1. #1
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    Default The unstoppable army of ants.

    I have an ant problem, I wouldn't consider it to be a large problem, but it's a problem nonetheless.

    I've tried large amounts of cinnamon to no prevail. I've tried ant traps also with no success.

    How safe is granular terro ant killer around beehives?

    I understand I need to keep it away from the hive itself and be careful of where I fill up my feeders in the area (don't want to attract bees to a deadly poison), but overall can they be used safely if precautionary measures are taken?

    I've also heard that mint leaves inside the hive may repel ants. Any one have success with that?

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    Default Re: The unstoppable army of ants.

    What kind of ants and what kind of problem?
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: The unstoppable army of ants.

    The tiny black ants and the larger red and black ants.

    They are invading the entrance feeder.

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    Default Re: The unstoppable army of ants.

    Start by using a different type feeder. Rarely will ants cause any harm to a hive. They don't hurt the bees and are after the food. Around here, I let the ants have what they want. They go in slim and come out fat, always hugging the side of the hive to avoid confrontations. For me, it's not worth the trouble.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: The unstoppable army of ants.

    There are a variety of ideas in this earlier thread about ants and hives:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...s-and-my-hives
    Graham
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    Default Re: The unstoppable army of ants.

    Around here the ants' idea of food is honey bee brood, and all of it they can find. They don't seem to mind the adult bees (rather the adult bees are often driven from their hive), they just clean out the brood.
    48 years - 50 hives - TF
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    Default Re: The unstoppable army of ants.

    But Morgan is in Maryland and I doubt he has your killer ants.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: The unstoppable army of ants.

    This will stop all species of ants.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ight=ant+proof
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    Default Re: The unstoppable army of ants.

    Cinnamon works for some ant, mainly the tiny sugar ants. For all others you should set bait feeding stations. I like the ones with a peg on them so you can push them into the soil. This is important for me since I have dogs, a cat and a bunch of ducks. I place them underneath the hives, the ants go for the bait and take it back to their nest, where they all die from it. I find this method to be less hazardous to my pets animals.
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