Organic ant repellant

Discussion in 'Organic Beekeeping' started by Guba, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. Guba

    Guba New Member

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    Hi everyone, not my first post, but it's been a while. Since I raise my bee's organically, I thought that this would be good info. I usually have problems with ants living under the hive top, but I've had HUGE success in placing a fresh picked Black Walnut leaf under the lid. I've found though that the ants will come back once the leaf turns crispy crunchy dry. Hope this helps someone out there. I'm all for going organic! :thumbsup:
     
  2. DoubleR

    DoubleR New Member

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    Thank you! That's very helpful!
     

  3. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    new idea - has to beat cinnamon, and I have a walnut tree
     
  4. Melissaejacklyn

    Melissaejacklyn New Member

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    Ants are good for the hive. They clean up. The hive is an entire ecosystem and the ants play an important role.
     
  5. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Fire ants will kill a hive in 4 days. They eat larva and honey and kill everything. Very good for cleaning up shb or wax moths that have moved into a dead hive. Fire ants will also pull down and consume a fawn (baby deer) in half an hour. They play an important role in their natural environment but are foreign invaders to the united states. You must be in that fortunate part where fire ants haven't gotten yet.
     
  6. Guba

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    My experience has been that the bee's will clean whatever needs cleaning. We don't have fire ants where I live, thank goodness for that!
     
  7. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    now I have raspberry crazy ants too, that's when I went to the tree tacky stuff on tape on my pipe stand. Because NOTHING works on crazy ants, except beneficial nematodes IF they are nesting in the ground and they really prefer wiring to eat and nest in. They will however settle for some bee larva and honey for food
     
  8. Guba

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    Never heard of those kind of ants. You sure have some exotic ant species in Tex.
     
  9. ibeelearning

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  10. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    No, and my pest control guy says the raspberry crazy ant won't take any bait. I've found a few of their nests, they like flowerpot stacks. My current treatment is boiling water when I find a nest. So far they are on the lot and not in my house, they will eat your wiring insulation and burn your house down
     
  11. Baloo4599

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    I had crazy ants in my electric sockets in my house (yeah, a little scary) and I used cucumber slices to get rid of them-and was extremely surprised it worked!
     
  12. becsbeehive

    becsbeehive New Member

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    Haven't had to encounter any fire ants here either, sounds scary!
     
  13. Gypsi

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    I just poured beneficial nematodes on all my fire ant hills, now that the rain drove them up where I could see them.

    where did you put the cucumber slices?
     
  14. brockmole21

    brockmole21 New Member

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    Sounds like a good plan. Well done discovering this kind of method.