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Ants in the Honey


#1

I just robbed my third flow frame today and got another great yield however as the last jar was filling I noticed a small black ant come down the tube. i fished it out and on inspection saw there was another in the jar. one the lid was on i had a look and there was another ant. I had given up trying to stop these ants getting to the hive as all efforts where in vain I figured if they are are just collecting honey from the tube caps they always seem to weep a little good luck to them. But if they are getting into the hive and appearing in the honey that is not a good thing.
On a side note I had one of the bees fly into a jar as it was filling. I put another jar under and rescued her from her sticky grave. She was in the jar for a few minutes and I figured she was a lost cause. Once out she was still alive so I popped her on the hive porch. Wow was she popular.


#2

Hi Andrew,
If it is just the odd few ants in the tube then it really shouldn’t be too much of an issue, you should be able to put a small jar under the tube to catch the first 50ml or so of your honey and then fish the ants out. But if you have a nest in or around your hive then it would be best to take some steps to keep them out or eradicate.