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 colony, literally clinging for dear life. They are bearding on the outside for 5 days now after being put back in hive twice. Have not been able to even think of visualizing the queen and I fear there is none. Legs of hive are up on blocks and in tubs of vegetable oil and vasoline has been applied around legs several times. Vasoline melts and oil has hardened allowing ants to invade. Cinnamon sprinkled completely around and some inside. Finding 10 to 20 dead bees in hive a day. Today I emptied hive of about 30 dead bees, added lemon oil drop on cotton and small piece of bees wax inside and sprayed a little sugar water on the still bearding bees.. Now there are a few Beatles around and a yellow jacket inside hive and one outside. Bees are getting smaller in number but won't go in and won't swarm. Help, thinking if only I could get some brood comb that might help? Think colony is just too weak to go in and fight the few ants that make it in.