One hive sits on a bottom board sized platform (1/2 inch plywood) that has four 4 inch legs. The legs (treated 2x2 glued and nailed) sit in small bowls then on concrete building blocks, the hive stand. I use murky water (so the bees can see it) in the bowls and still lose an occasional bee. Presto, ants gone. Bees drink out of many pots, bird baths, swim pools,,, they know how to navigate to get water, just put some dirt in it! Just use rough edged pots!
Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.