Even if the ants start to eat away at poly hives bought or home maid, painting the ant tunnels stops them from taking over.
:idunno: Are home made hives better than bought? :idunno:
It depends on whats important, cost,style,size,durability,weight, second hand value?
The cost of things where i live makes the bought poly hives cheaper than making the from building materials. But if the cost was lower of I got a bunch of insulation boards for free? :roll:
Also some people like to build things and it gives them great satisfaction :chop: "having done it themselves" :chop: even if it cost more time and money. Me?, I´m not the best carpenter
Hives in odd sizes and shapes are usually worth nothing in a secondhand market and standard size hives will always find a buyer.
That beeing said some people buy others build :idunno: As long as you look after your bees and don't infect mine you can do what ever and how ever you want :brian:
mvh edward :-P