Ants, Ants, Ants. Is there anything more annoying to find in your beehive or apiary? It has been said that some ants do not have an economic impact on the beekeeper or the bee business. These comments are either before the time of plastic and polystyrene hives or from people who were not beekeepers.
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Here is a Boric Acid recipe: To make a 1% solution, take the solution that you intend to use as bait (honey and water, sugar water, dog food and water. or whatever) (DO NOT use tap water, use only spring or distilled water). Add 1.25 grams(one level teaspoon) of boric acid powder to 125ml (4 fluid ounces) of your bait. Heat it on the stove until the boric acid dissolves. After it has cooled, pour some in a shallow gizmo like a jar lid and leave it where the ants will find it -and where your children and pets will not be able to get at it. Take your time; let them eat their fill and take as much as they can to their nest. It might take a week or two.
Mix Vaseline, kerosene and red pepper to a paste. Apply lightly to legs blocks or on hive stand legs.