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Whidbey Island Washington Beekeeping & Honeybees - Lavender Honey - Green Road Farm - Tim Walsh

ANTS – When they are a problem

Ant pulling Bee larva out of comb

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Ant pulling Bee larva out of comb

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Originally I was all for letting ants fulfill their roll in nature. It appeared that they helped clean out the hive by dragging away dead bees.

But when I noticed around 20 fresh larva on the baseboard and then watched as this ant pulled a bee larva out of the comb I decided to interrupt their party.

I filled a tub of water and placed the entire hive on top two concrete bricks. It stopped the ants.

Hive solution for ants

I later put a brick on the edge of the tub of water and about an inch below the actual wooden baseboard only to notice that the ants would create a bridge by two of them holding onto each other end to end creating a bridge for the other ants to climb up.

The tactics for ants solved the ant problem.

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