Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Charlotte NC
    Posts
    7

    Default Ants in my top feeder

    How is everyone else keeping these small ants from swarming up to the top feeder? Does the ground cinnamon really work? any other suggestions would be welcome.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    paulding Georgia USA
    Posts
    152

    Default Re: Ants in my top feeder

    I have tried the cinnamon, but it did not work that well for me. It did slow them down a little, I think. I seem to have a big problem with ants and what I did was to re-do my hive stands. Before I was using concrete blocks, but I built a stand out of 2x4's. I only have 2 hives and I made it big enough for both. Under each of the 4 legs I placed a cut out old 1 gallon milk jug. I use a little mineral oil in each jug. It works well for keeping out the ants, but I do sometimes find a few dead bees in them. I wished I had built it were the legs are more under the platform instead of on the edges, i think that would keep more bees out of it. All in all I am glad I did it, but it was a lot of heavy lifting for me changing out the stands.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Charlotte NC
    Posts
    7

    Default Re: Ants in my top feeder

    I have the cinder blocks now. When I build the stand, I placed landscape cloth down, put river pebbles around the cinder block with 2X4 cross bars.. now it seems as if I have an ant superhighway leading up to the sugar feeder. I'm going to try the soapy water, and am on my way to the restaurant store to by the large cinnamon...If I need to rebuild, it'll probably be spring before I can do that.

    thanks for the help

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Norfolk, VA
    Posts
    166

    Default Re: Ants in my top feeder

    I use Diatomaceous earth sprinkled around on the ground out to 24 inches away from the hive. Does the trick. Reapply when you see more ants.
    Last edited by bbrowncods; 09-08-2013 at 06:09 PM. Reason: wrong word (thanks TooFarGone)

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Starkville, MS, USA
    Posts
    82

    Default Re: Ants in my top feeder

    Diatomaceous earth?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Kingsland, Ga
    Posts
    44

    Default Re: Ants in my top feeder

    I've got a hive on the wooden porch of a second story barn and the ants attack all the time. Killing the little robbers at the source and giving assistance at the hive is the only thing I've been able to do. After a day or so we (bees and I) win. I've tried diatomasceous earth up there but killed 18 bees! On the ground the DE works great. Pepper spray (stuff we make from our cayenne peppers from our garden) works to deter them, but they just make a new route over time. No known "fix" for me. I just have to keep checking the top feeder and watching for ants a few times a day. It's a good thing though. I think my ants are coming from a rotting pine pole next to my barn.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Central Oregon
    Posts
    41

    Default Re: Ants in my top feeder

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...2x4-hive-stand
    This seems to be a good way to stop them from getting in. There was another thread where the grease container was turned upside down. This was less maintenance since it wasn't subject to problems caused by rain or watering.

    That said, I have ants in my hive. I tried unsuccessfully to get rid of them for a little while. I soon realized that the bees were managing the ants just fine. I have decided to leave them alone unless they actually become a problem (start taking over). Apparently they also eat varroa mites. I don't know how much they would eat and if they only eat dead ones but I think they may help to contribute to balance in the hive. At this point, I would only intervene if I thought they were out of balance and actually causing a problem.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
    Posts
    106

    Default Re: Ants in my top feeder

    I bought some aluminum foil trays from the grocery store. I set the bottom of the hive in the pans and add some cooking oil. No more ants. It also helps kill robber bees. Of course it depends on what kind of bottom board you are using.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Okmulgee County OK
    Posts
    4

    Default Re: Ants in my top feeder

    I read somewhere to put out corn meal. The ants eat it and it kills them. Haven't tried it but it would be simple enough to give it a try. I had one hive that had an ant issue. Lost the hive (un related to ants), so I haven't been able to try it yet.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    High Hil, MO
    Posts
    6

    Default Re: Ants in my top feeder

    I have had good success with ground cinnamon on the inner cover. Just put a light sprinkle all the way around on the top of the luan next to the framing of it.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Jefferson Co, TX
    Posts
    742

    Default Re: Ants in my top feeder

    Are these fire ants?

    If so, then the andro bait works well. Spread it around the yard or about 1 to 2 table spoons around the mound. Takes about 2 to 3weeks to start knocking them back. It is a larvae poison that stops the larvae from turning into a pupae. Same function as the mosquito type poisons you put in water.

    If they are coming out of a post, I have had decent success with drilling small (1/8) holes into a post and spraying Bengal roach poison. Or spraying it into the rotten end of a post works well. BEWARE - this stuff remains toxic for a few weeks and it must be somewhere that the bees cannot land.

    If not fire ants, then the andro doesn't work as well.

    Just FYI - diatomasceous earth is dirt that is mainly composed of the external skeleton of some very small ancient sea critters. The edges of the shells are rather sharp and they cut small holes in the exoskeleton of ants (and termites - work great for termites) and the ants die. Or as the insect grooms itself, it can ingest small amounts and it shreds their guts and they die. Probably would work on bees as well so make sure it is somewhere that bees wouldn't pick it up. Not sure if it work on hive beetle larvae that try to live in the dirt under a hive.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Glen Arm,MD
    Posts
    191

    Default Re: Ants in my top feeder

    i woudn't worry too much about ants in your top feeders. i have them in all mine. i'm pretty sure they do no harm to them, other then stealing some of the feed out of the feeder. i never see them in the hive

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Posts
    1,389

    Default Re: Ants in my top feeder

    I have some ants that find their way to the hive top feeders of a couple of my hives. I tried putting the legs in water but it soon filled with dead bees...that made a bridge for the ants.
    The issue has stayed to steady trickle...not overwhelming at the moment.
    My concern is when the feeders go do then head for the honey filled frames?
    Janne....first hives April 2013, 19 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads