Ants in the hive-top feeder

Discussion in 'Pests and Diseases' started by ablanton, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. ablanton

    ablanton New Member

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    Anybody have an idea for keeping black ants out of hive-top feeders? It has gotten too cool for vaseline on the hive stand legs to do any good. I've slopped the legs down with Dawn detergent, but they are marching right through it. I tried a sheet of foam between the cover and the feeder with bricks on top to form a tight seal, but they chewed through the foam. At this point, the ants are eating more than the bees and I'm going broke buying sugar! :frustrated:
     
  2. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Try to trail the ants back to their nest and pour a kettle of boiling water down its' entrance. You can repeat this as often as you like---it usually works in stages but the nice thing is, there are no pesticide residues left behind in the area.
     

  3. bamabww

    bamabww Active Member

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    Good idea Efmesch, I'll remember that one.
     
  4. The Bee Guy

    The Bee Guy New Member

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    Another alternative is get one of those small kiddie pools and set the hive stand in it.
    add a little water and a dab of oil and whala a ant moate.
    They sell them at the Dollar Stores.