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    Ants making a nest on the poly crown board. Thought I'd got rid of them and they came back in 4 hours with more eggs. How can I get rid of them without insecticide? No sign of an ant run they have come up into the bees house from underneath I think. Was told cinnamon powder was good and happily have a pile of the stuff after husband gave up on the honey/cinnamon paste cure for arthritis! Any other ideas.


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    Ants and eggs on crownboard


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    Try a daily vacuum with a vacuum cleaner - the ants will give up after a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bridget View Post

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    Hive stand feet in buckets / trays of water ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greengumbo View Post
    Hive stand feet in buckets / trays of water ?
    Can do that as the hives stand on a bench in the bee house that has legs that goes through the floor so the hives don't vibrate when I walk around the bee house. I'll keep hoovering them away and the cinnamon is also helping.
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    Vaseline or similar round the edges ?

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    Garden centres sell sticky tapes for apple trees - to catch moths grubs..

    I would use washing line made of rope impregnated with old engine oil: kills all known insects..

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    Including my bees- do nt forget they are in a bee house so on inspection they are flying round inside for a bit though it only takes a few minutes for them to clear out once the lid is back on.


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    Spent the weekend down in Dumfries-shire being taught II by Michael Collier. Now there's a man with some stories to tell! Brilliant to see and try the whole process from beginning to end. Loads of stuff the Cobey video doesn't even mention. Learned about the limitations of the instrument I bought (Schley with fixed posts) but working with Michael to solve that problem. Going to need to practice lots and lots to get even semi competent.

    Brilliant weekend and highly recommended. Michael is a top guy and if you're buying kit get it from him and take advantage of the great advice he'll give you.

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    Don't you just love the summer? Blackberry is full on here. Just back from the apiary to check grafts have taken. The half dozen colonies are all contentedly humming away evaporating off the excess water from the 2-3 supers each has. It's a great sound

    PS I know 'contentedly' is anthropomorphising and that's it's really frantic in the hive.

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