how many brood chambers do you use? Usually while wet happens, with two brood chambers, and even with entrance reducers inplace, especially now with screened bottom boards in common usage would think chalkbrood would be quite limited?I ask about how many brood chambers you use, my first thought is if using 2, as most do, with all else mentioned, were you to rotate the brood chambers and clean off the bottom boards of hive debris,( please don't applaud too loudly as I have already done that this week :yahoo: .) would think that you would be set, with regards to the chalkbrood thing.
SgtMaj, nope. SBB's, no inner cover, sometimes vent the covers if I see chalkbrood. Until it clears up. Too many hive varmints to leave it vented during the summer. Too much area for guard bees to cover.
The ant problem is beyond my understanding yet. I am speaking of bull ants (we call em). A hive has to be darn near dead before fire ants go into it. I have fire ant beds under a couple of my hives and the only place I find them is around the inverted feeders on the outside of the cover. (I hope they like SHB larva ).
In the past, I have had bull ants take over a weak hive. But, through the front door, not through the screen. I see them often trying to get in past the guard bees on some hives, but run right back out. When the bull ants do take over a hive, they will lay their eggs in the comb just like the bees. I don't know why they apparently don't use the SSB to get in.