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gkempf
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« on: September 10, 2005, 08:42:30 PM »

I harvested 1 deep super today, ended up with a little over 3 gallons of honey.

When i went to take the top off the hive,i noticed some big ants crawling around, they never got into the super but i am wondering what i should do about them?
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2005, 08:53:38 PM »

install some type of an oil water barrier between the bottom of the hive and the ground  such as placeing legs of hive stand in bucket of water with oil on top to keep the ants out
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2005, 09:09:24 PM »

I bought ant bait traps and put them under boards around the base of the hive and it took care of the ants.
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2005, 09:21:02 PM »

Powder cinnamon is supposed to work.  I have been trying it out for a week, but it's not working so well.
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2005, 02:30:01 AM »

We have two types of cinnamin regular and Saigon.  The Saigon was used first accidentally and seemed to attract more than stop the ants.  After brushing and hosing it down we sprinkled regular and it worked great until they found a piece of dried grass that fell across the cinnamin.  Made sure wide and thorough distribution and it worked fine.  

Emphasis on thorough because they will come up from under cinder blocks to get there to the hive.  We also made sure our cinder block holes were parrallell to the ground.  Good luck.  David

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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2005, 11:56:29 AM »

I just tried borax and cheap grape jelly mixed half and half.  It was far more effective than the cinnamon I had bee trying.  The ants dissapeard in less than 8 hours.  Totally.
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