Help! My colony has ants!
Ant-swers to your ant problems
- You have been feeding your colony a sugar water syrup and an ant colony has become an unwelcome dinner guest!
- Your bees have been working hard to bring in nectar to make honey, and ants are hanging around and waiting for an opportunity to rob it!
- There are ants loitering between the inner and outer cover!
The sister Hymenoptera species is an unwelcome sight in any honey bee colony. Fortunately, the honey bee colony thinks so too and will police the area and chase away any ants. However, if there is an area that is too small for a guard bee to enter then she is not able to properly patrol. Finding ants in you hive does not pose a threat to your bees. Rather, they are taking advantage of areas out of the bees reach to nest. They are not a nuisance to your bees.
Ants are most commonly found between the inner and outer covers of a telescoping hive lid. Most inner covers have a deep and a shallow depth side to them, and when the shallow side is placed up, creates a space too small for a bee to enter.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution for getting rid of ants. To create a space for the bees to access and guard the area with the ants, place the deep side of the inner cover facing upwards and prop a stick in the corner of the outer cover. The bees will then have the space to enter and chase the ants out of the hive.