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Disappearing ants

Posted by on June 27, 2012

I had what I believe were sugar ants, the same ones that I have seen in my kitchen, on the hive legs and even going in and out of the hive entrance. I saw this for two days, but as of day three they are gone. Very strange as I did nothing. Maybe the bees formed and eviction squad and pushed them out. I’ll keep checking each day, but for now, the problem has fixed itself. I love it when that happens.

Today is a beautiful summer morning, and I can see workers departing for the flowers ever few seconds and returning with orange pollen.

2 Responses to Disappearing ants

  1. VeesBees

    Is the hive based on a sandy-soil area? Wondering if more ground cover or different soil may help with the small ants? I have some larger ants in my hive inner top cover but have read that these type of ants can help prevent mites. The bees do keep them away from the nectar.

    • Dave Strickler

      Yes, very sandy soil, and I think you may have something there. Also I have heard about putting thick grease on the legs, but I don’t want to go there unless I have to. For now, the ants have left.

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