If ants got hiveed - what to do with this problem? There are several natural methods that will do without the use of chemicals and poison. In our article, we offer several effective ways to combat insects, which do not include the destruction of the nest of ants.
Processing hive legs
To block ants from accessing evidence, care should be taken to lubricate or scare away the legs of a bee house. For these purposes, you can use tape, grease, vegetable oil, etc.
In order to forget about the ants, help grease or similar grease. If you put it on the legs, then annoying insects will stick and will not be able to get into the hive. If several insects are stuck in such a trap, others will no longer be gathered to your honey houses!
In the hive will not host ants, if his legs tied with a rope, which is impregnated with vegetable oil. This procedure should be repeated with all the houses in the apiary. Sunflower oil can also be used to lubricate honey extractor and cans. It is enough to smear the oil in the form of a ring to scare away insects. For reliability, you can make several layers.
Double sided tape
Roll up the hive legs with double-sided tape to make a flypaper for insects. Insects will not climb into such a trap, but the tape will have to be changed frequently. If dirt adheres to it, the ants will easily find a safe path and settle in the hive.
To prevent insects from hosting the apiary, a barrier in the form of fur must be made for them. To do this, measure the circumference of the pegs (on which the house stands) and take a suitable piece of natural fur. This fur is cut into strips with a length equal to the circumference of the peg (width up to 3 cm). Next, glue the strips to the legs of the hive, fur inside. Through a ring of fur, the ant will not be able to find its way for a long time. Sheep fur for this purpose will not work.
The annoying insects are not thrilled with cotton wool. Cover it with the legs of a bee house and watch how ants bypass it. Do not forget that they are able to make moves, even in such a dense fibrous material like cotton wool. Therefore, it requires constant updating and full replacement after heavy rain.
Processing the area around the hive
If you find goosebumps, you can pour loose substances on them that they do not like. Then the insects beat the desire to drop into your bee house and the bees will be calm.
You can sprinkle salt along the paths of insects and treat with salt solution the space around the bee houses. Pouring the solution is not recommended in a chaotic manner. This needs to be done in a ring-shaped manner so that closed rings are obtained from the solution. To prevent ants from appearing in the apiary, a salt solution of 200 g of salt and 1 liter of water must be diluted.
With such protection against insects dry mustard will cope. It will be enough to take 1-2 tbsp. spices and sprinkle it around the house of bees. Mustard will create an invisible barrier for ants for a long time, but it loses its strength immediately after heavy rains.
Plants and spices against ants
Ants constantly collect leaves or twigs in their anthill, but there are plants that they do not like. These include some spices (for example, cinnamon) and fresh plants (mint, parsley, etc.).
Cinnamon and other plants
This spice will also scare away hive destroyers. Cinnamon has a strong smell, so the insects do not like it. To get rid of pests can be spread on a handful of cinnamon sticks at the feet of evidence. Ants have the same negative feelings for mint, bird-cherry and parsley. It can be decomposed into a hive or rub the walls of the leaves of these plants.
This is a natural method that will help get rid of insects in the hive. Some beekeepers have seen how effectively tomato leaves, laid out in the hive and on its roof, act on ants.
Insects do not like this plant and try to avoid places where there is its smell. For a longer duration of this natural remedy, leaflets and shoots can be covered with paper. To get rid of black and red annoying, you can place evidence around the bushes of tomatoes.
So, the legs are smeared, the walls of the house are rubbed with spices, but the ants still find a path to the medka? Then you need to take care of other workarounds. All blade of grass and blades that lead from the ground to the evidence should be mowed. If this is not done, such green bridges will serve as a quick and convenient crossing for the ants. The only drawback of this method is that the elimination of the grass will have to be done regularly.