Ants in solar wax melter
For those using solar wax melters ....
Last summer I rigged a melter arrangement using an old ice chest, a glass bowl , tinfoil, and a scrap of clear plastic.
I lined the ice chest with tinfoil, placed a bowl of water in the bottom ( this year I plan to try to find a thrift store rectangular baking dish). I used some stiff wire, actually some "masonary brick lathe" salvaged from a political sign, and a scrap of an old tee shirt. I used clothes pins to hold the cloth to the wire, formed a hammock to hold scrap wax, burcomb, etc. , placed the wax in the hammock, covered the top with clear plastic. propped the lid upen, covered with more tin foil for a reflector, tipped lid to focus suns rays. Set in the sun in a hot out of the way place.
does not work fast, but I dont have to sit there & watch it.
Now the issue was that ants were attracted to the scrap wax, & ended up drowned in the water & stuck to the rendered wax droplets, so I spent some time picking tiny ants off of tiny wax pellets several evenings last fall / winter. How can I avoid the ants? Thanks ... CE
Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.