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    Default Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    I came across this from a FB post link http://www.ebay.com/itm/281748629850

    I can't leave anything sweet outside without it getting overrun by ants in my yard.
    I'm sure I'll have an issue with my hives.

    I ordered a few. I'll let you know how they work with a plate of honey on my deck test.
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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    Hi
    Some places where I have my hives I have had ant problems. Try regular cheap powdered Cinnamon . Remove the outer cover and try to kill as many ants as you can. Then remove the inner cover and check for ants also. No ants in the hive-no worries. I have had to sprinkle some into the hives causing with no problems for the bees. They don't seem to mind it. Just don't get too carried away inside the hive. Put it on top of the frames. Put the inner cover back in place and sprinkle on the inner cover the Cinnamon. I try to sprinkle it way they would have to cross over the Cinnamon. This will help you with controlling the ants. If you put it on the outside rain will just wash it away. This really works for me.

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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    I have never put it on the frames but I do regularly put it on the inner cover. Works good. Cinnimon that is.
    Last edited by Chester5731; 03-03-2017 at 06:05 PM. Reason: Add info

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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    I would rather keep it off the frames but you might try it. The Cinnamon on the top of the inner cover should do the trick.

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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    well, they arrived a couple of days earlier than expected.
    He reduced the shipping (from CA to Al) so less than charged by ebay.
    I ordered 4 sets.
    he added several other bonus doodads to the order.

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    tests are underway
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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    maybe it will stay dry and the ants can find the honey.
    I placed soapy water in the base on the right.
    nothing in the base on the left.
    and a little honey on the rail to help them find it.
    it's 58 F
    a bee found it so far

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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    I bought the same ones (we probably saw the same post on fb).
    What do you plan to use in them? (I assume something that won't evaporate.)

    I've seen similar traps that beekeepers filled with wheel-bearing grease -apparently because it won't melt in the heat(?). Also, some used it on the underside of the cover instead (less chance of the grease collecting dirt & debris). Thoughts on this?
    I'm a new beek (starting my first 2 hives this spring), so all of this is new to me. Don't want to fill these traps with anything the bees will try to eat or drink, though.

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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    I'll put some kind of oil in them. right now it's dawn and water.
    I've used bearing grease on the hummingbird feeders to keep the ants out. it's gotten dirty over the years but it's still keeping the ants out.
    I'll try the neverwet on the underside of a cap to test that too.

    The weather messed up my test. I'll start again when it warms up and stops raining.
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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    the ants are being warm weather wusses. so far, too cold for them to be out in force.

    had a bee visit though.

    http://i.imgur.com/p3JbNc1.jpg

    It looked like it was trying to get into the soapy water underneth. I put her up on the plate.
    I found a dead be in the water Friday.
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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    you know what? I think this is one of the ground bees I have living in the hillside under my deck

    it seemed really small and now I think I know why
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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    Yes, I don't want to use any water-based solution, as it will evaporate, and also because it seems (from reading others' experiences) that the bees will try to drink from it and drown. My hives will not be right near my house, so I'd rather use something that's low maintenance and won't break down or melt. I'll be interested to hear how the neverwet works- I assume you're just "painting" it on the underside?

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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    yes. it's a two can spray application. I'll spray it on the underside of the top covers (the part with the comb design on it in the above pic)
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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    seems to work.
    I'll test the neverwet soon.
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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    this is with soapy water in the reservoir.
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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    finally got around to opening the neverwet.
    these are the covers, and some aluminum strips
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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    and this is with neverwet on the underside of the cover
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    looks like it works to block ants
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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    by the way, the one on the right never had anything in the reservoir. showing that ants can crawl over the cover.

    the dawn and water in the one on the left would evaporate in a day of sitting in the sun so you'd have to use oil in the trap or grease under the cover.

    also, when it rained, both units would have water in the reservoir due to splatter from the near by surface. granted, this test is out in the open and not under a hive.
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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    the intended application... This is part of an old swing set made with 4x6s that my kids out grew.
    btw, the covers were off being painted with neverwet.

    Left hand end of stand
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    Right hand end of stand
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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    So the ants can't seem to crawl over the neverwet, correct?
    Are you planning to leave the bottom cups empty, then?

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    Default Re: Ant Barrier set of 4 Made in U.S.A.

    Quote Originally Posted by MissMollyTN View Post
    So the ants can't seem to crawl over the neverwet, correct?
    Are you planning to leave the bottom cups empty, then?
    yes and yes.
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