I can't believe the issues with ants. Thank goodness the ones we have do not bother the bees too much. We mostly have tiny little ones that are about 1/4 inch long around the apiary. The little bit bigger ones are not more than 1/2 inch and they are a nuisance around the pool and climbing on your legs and arms.
We have ant bait traps that I use. The ants climb into it, eat the bait, take it home to their colonies and, ooops!!! they are evidently gone. Two cents for all it is worth. Great day, great life. Cindi