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  1. Equipment/Hardware
    Hello all! Im Otter (the username "Otter" was already taken) and i'm here for a little help on instrumental insemination. I am attempting to adapt the instrumental insemination technique for use in ants, and I came to y'all for help because it just so happens that the reproductive tracts of ants...
  2. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I am about 2+ weeks into being a newbee top bar beekeeper. I originally applied petroleum jelly and cinnamon to the lower legs to deter ants and this morning I went out to check the sugar water and found ants on the bottom board below the 8 point screen. I cleaned up everything I could get at...
  3. Diseases and Pests
    Researching ways to keep the ants away from my hives. In California, the Argentinian ants are relentless! I ran across a thread on another bee forum that used "NeverWet" paint (hydrophobic paint) as a way to keep ants out. Any advice or insight?
  4. Bee Forum
    Here in central Arizona we have some huge anthills. The red fire ants attacked one of my hives yesterday and I had to set the pallet up on pipe legs with cans of used motor oil at the feet. that stopped the ants on that hive. This morning the ants were on another hive some ten feet away. I...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    So I have tried almost every trick I can find in these forums to deal with ants. These ants are larger reddish black ants. I did the cinnamon around the hive and that worked for a week or so, then they stopped being bothered by it. I recently putout some liquid ant bait ( no where where the bees...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    My new hive started from a package last week seems to be struggling. There's a number of dead bees outside of the hive (I don't know how many is normal, but i'm seeing 10-20 corpses added per day) but there are also a lot of bees within ~30' of the hive crawling on the ground, seemingly unable...
  7. Diseases and Pests
    So I lost a hive about a month and a half ago. Not sure what cause it, but all the bees were dead at the bottom of the hive. There was a decent amount of capped and uncapped honey on the frames along with empty comb. Some still had dead bees in them. My assumption was that they were...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    Hi. I opened my hive today. Found little honey, very few larva and a handful of dead pupae sticking out of combs, despite my efforts to control ants... hive is under attack. I have used a sticky compound, sap-like, to keep ants from entering hive but they keep finding entrances. Yellow...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    I just started beekeeping a day ago (literally) and everything seems to be going fine. I started from a (four frame) nuc and 1 frame feeder. I have a few questions, though. 1. How soon should I refill my frame feeder? I filled it up yesterday with one quart of the regular sugar syrup. 2. Can...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    IMPORTANT: These are the accounts of a very newbish beekeeper and his Apiaric Empire and their fights against the wretched ant invaders. Content may not be suitable for those too wimpy to even think about raising honeybees and instead raise these vile ant creatures as a hobby. Continue~ - - - -...
  11. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Brand new top bar beekeeper here in Southern California having many difficulties getting bees to stay in hive. First colony of wild bees absconded after 2days. Appears I left viewing window open or small red ants drove them off. Been trying to win battle against the ants ever since. Now have 2nd...
  12. Diseases and Pests
    Has anyone tried using a small twig from a walnut tree on top of the inner cover of the hive to control ant infestations? I have read that Walnut trees contain something that can kill insects and even plants nearby, such as tomatoes.
  13. Diseases and Pests
    What's the best way to eradicate red ants, they're getting on top of my nerves
  14. Equipment/Hardware
    So I have Ultimate Hive covers on all of my hives (3). When I went out this morning to inspect, I found ants crawling out of two tiny holes in the underside of the cover! I thought they maybe were just visitors, but when I jarred the cover on the ground, they started spilling out in droves and...
  15. Bee Forum
    I apologize if this is a really basic question... but my wife and I just started beekeeping in the backyard in the East Bay area of San Francisco. I quickly realized that we still have our every-other-month pest control service (Clark Pest control.) They spray around the foundation of our...
  16. Diseases and Pests
    Today I placed a gallon jug of water under two legs of my hive and put the other two inside a cement mixing tray. I filled everything with water to try and create a moat to stop the ants. Later today I looked and one of the gallon jugs was just touching the back leg and the **** things had made...
  17. Beekeeping 101
    I captured a very small swarm (maybe 2 lbs) a few weeks ago. The first time i fed them i put a drop of peppermint oil in, they didn't seem to like it so i didn't do it this time. I put in about a quart on Sunday, i don't think they've touched it. The ants have probably gotten more of it than...
  18. Beekeeping 101
    I have three new hives and ants keep trying to invade. I've had problems with carpenter ants, fire ants, and big black ants. How do you keep these out of the hive?
  19. Welcome Forum
    Ron here. My dad bought a box about 2 years ago for his garden. When I retired from the military and moved back to my hometown, I was immediately hooked on bees. The fever spread to my neighbor and now Pruneadale HBR (Honey Bee Rescue) was formed. We're a small operation... 3 people and 8 hives...
  20. Beekeeping 101
    I'm a new beekeeper and have only had my hive less than a week. I pulled off the outer cover and saw about 100 ants with eggs on top of the inner cover. I brushed them off but want to know if this is goign to be a problem. Right now I have a solid bottom board sitting on the ground. I plan...
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