You open your hive up in the spring and you are shocked to see how many ants have invaded. Who are these ants? Will they ruin my upcoming honey harvest? It’s all going to be okay. Take a deep breath, and follow these simple steps to keep ants out of beehives.
For a beehive to be productive and healthy you must keep ants away from your beehives. Ants and bees cannot live nearby as the ants will destroy the bee nests and kill off your bee colony. There are ways to keep ants out of beehives and I will share them with you below.
What Are Carpenter Ants?
Carpenter ants are one in every of the foremost common sorts of ants found in North America. They get their name from their tendency to create nests out of wood materials such as dead trees or wooden structures that have been left unattended for long periods (such as an abandoned house).
Carpenter ants can also invade homes through cracks in walls or other areas where they can find access points into our homes. If you notice any signs that there may be an infestation present in your home then you should contact a professional pest control company as soon as possible because these kinds of pests can cause serious damage when left untreated for too long!
How to Keep Ants out of Bee Hives?
Ants can be a real problem for beekeepers, especially if you keep your hives outdoors. Ants are attracted to the honey and other sweet substances that bees create as part of their natural processes, so they may be tempted to try and get into your hive.
Luckily there are some things you can do to keep ants out of your beehives!
1) Spray the outside of the hives with ant spray. This will discourage ants from trying to find any way inside the hive. The spray will also help keep bees out. You want to use an insecticidal soap that is safe for bees and humans alike! The soap will kill any ants or other pests trying to get inside your hive without harming your bees or yourself!
2) Place cardboard traps around the hive entrance. These traps will catch any ants before they can get inside and damage anything inside! Place them about 3 inches away from where the entrance is located so that it doesn’t interfere with normal activity within the hive itself! You can also place these traps directly on top of where ants have been seen coming in through cracks or holes in walls near entrances too!
3) Check with local gardening centers about “ant bait stations.”
4) Don’t leave food around the hive. This includes sugar water, honey, and other sweet things.
5) Make sure your hive is well-sealed so that ants can’t get in through cracks and crevices in the wood or between frames.
6) Spray the outside of your hives with ant spray, which will kill ants before they get into the hive.
7) Place a piece of chalk at the bottom of each hive. Ants dislike the smell and will not cross over the chalk. This works best when you are still putting the bees in the hive and before they have started drawing out the comb. The bees will move the chalk out of their way as they draw out their combs.
8) Put some Vaseline on any cracks or crevices where ants could enter your hive.