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Super Bee
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Location: Central AL (nw corner of Elmore County)

« on: June 15, 2013, 07:53:52 PM »

Being new to beekeeping I just want to make sure I'm not inviting foulbrood or something by what I've done. I've had these bees a week now. I am feeding them sugar water 1:1. I call them sugar ants because they don't sting but their numbers are large. I noticed they were pretty active on my super and mostly around the feeder. I took the feeder jar out and the small pin holes where the sugar water comes out at was just packed tight with these ants. No bees feeding anywhere.

I took two plastic rectangular feeding troughs and put about 3 inches of water in them. I then sat the cinder blocks in the water with the super on top of the blocks. It has solved the ant problem but I just want to make sure I don't create another one.

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John Wayne
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2013, 07:07:46 PM »

GSF that should work out well to help ya out.  I do not see it impacting your chances of getting foul brood.  What I started doing was to mix up sugar water and borax and put them in a box.  It allows the ants to get to it but keeps the bees out.

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