THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT BEEHIVES FROM ANTS

Posted September 14, 2018
by Hilary

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Depending on where you live, ants can be a huge problem for your bees. Some beekeepers have mild ant problems and can get away with dusting cinnamon. For the rest of us, it’s a contsant battle protect beehives from ants! Luckily, I have come across a new system to protect our bees from ants. Read on to find out more.

The Many Ant-Deterring Methods

If you’re like me, you are always looking for new ways to protect your beehives from ants. Especially those pesky Argentine ants! For years, I have tried all kind of solutions, and they all have had major drawbacks. For instance, oats drown bees and can dry up or even become putrid. Sticky barriers, like motor grease or tangle foot, dry up or become coated with dead insects. As a result, they have to be reapplied frequently. Powders, like cinnamon or diatomaceous earth, will blow away or stop working after they get wet. So, what’s the best way to keep ants out in a way that won’t harm bees?

AntCant Non-Toxic Ant Barrier Spray

Enter AntCant. It’s a non-toxic spray that works by creating a slippery (but not sticky) barrier on smooth surfaces. It won’t harm the ants or any insects that come into contact with it.

Simply place your hives on stands and treat each leg. The surface you spray must be at an incline and it must be smooth for this product to work. Once the solution dries, ants cannot grip the surface and will not be able to climb past it. As long as the surface is not compromised with grit, dirt or handling this barrier can last for months and months.

If you are working with a rough surface, don’t worry— we include 5-10 feet of a two inch wide aluminum tape with your shipment free of charge. Just use the tape to create a smooth surface ring around each leg and then spray the tape with AntCant.

Why I Love It
  • It doesn’t harm bees.
  • It is long lasting (6+ months) and will not degrade in the sun or rain.
  • It’s easy to clean and reapply if needed.
  • A little goes a long way.
  • It can be used to protect hummingbird feeders, pet food bowls, fruit trees and more!

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How to Apply It

Applying this product correctly takes some care. Here are three guidelines to follow:

  • Firstly, you need to make sure your surface is DRY, CLEAN and SMOOTH. It will not work on dirty or textured surfaces, but you can use the aluminum tape to create this kind of surface on any rough surface the tape will adhere to—for example, on the trunk of a fruit tree or wooden beehive stand leg.
  • Secondly,  the surface cannot be horizontal, it needs to be on an incline to work, so only sloped and vertical surfaces will work with this spray.
  • Thirdly, you need to take care not to apply too much. You only need one, light coat. If you apply too much, it will not work correctly.  After you apply it, it will dry within a few second and reveal a milk white color. Make sure you create a solid ring of this color. If you miss a spot, the ants will be able to cross. After you apply it, be sure not to handle the coated area at all or you will compromise the barrier.

Watch this short video to see how it’s done.

A Great Pairing

We like to use this product with DefyAnt Stands. Apply it to the underside of the moat shield to prolong the life of the AntCant spray. Then, if extra protection is needed, you can always fill the moats. That way, you have two defenses against the ants. Use coupon code “gndh’ to save 10% on DefyAnt stands.

3 Comments

  1. sslm

    I just wanted to say that I tried Ant Can’t this year. It works amazingly!

    We have plenty of ants around, but none of them are getting in the hive. I’m using it on a long Langstroth hive that has a wood stand that we built. We used the metal tape around each leg.

    In Prior years it was a constant battle, so I know the ant can’t is working. We tried everything you can think of including tanglefoot, cinnamon, Etc. None of them worked and it was a mess to work with. I’m in Northern Indiana, and we get the big black carpenter type ants and also smaller ants.

    Thank you so much for this great product.

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  2. Brook Schaaf

    coupon code is expired

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  3. Emias Desale

    thank you for your best finding. am researcher from Ethiopia and the most complex problem for our bees is ants .

    Reply

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