1855Re: [TopHive] Ant attack
- Sep 26, 2009Hello,
A fellow beekeeper advised me that ants don't like to walk across
copper. So,- my one HTBH (my first :-), and the only hive standing on
legs at the moment) got 10-12cm strips of thin copper plate around the
legs. There were small passages under the copper, and when I installed
the hive (early August), ants started to enter it. I then plugged all
holes, so that there is no passage without walking across the copper. I
have not seen a single ant since!
This is very preliminary. I have only tested it on one hive so far.
However, the ant situation has been somewhat severe in my apiaries, and
the results are so encouraging that I will do this on all my hives next
Copper is not all that eco friendly, but it does last a lifetime, and
bees can not drown in it. By any standard, it is _far_ better than motor
oil or pesticides...
> Ok the bees are hanging on for dear life...
> Anybody had any luck dealing with too many ants?
> I've tried tanglefoot and water moats with minimal sucess.
> Thanks for any suggestions.
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