A couple of my hives continually have very small ants (with ant brood) on the top face of inner cover, ie between the inner cover and the telescoping cover.
I sweep them away at every inspection, but the devils quickly return - even in 12 hrs!
The girls seem to take them in stride, but I would prefer not to have the ants. I have been spring feeding the bees, and I suspect that it has contributed to the attractions. However, I plan to suspend bee feeding in preparation for the honey flow.
Any thoughts on small ant control? Should I live with it issue? I would prefer not the use chemicals etc.