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  • It worked! Just an update on my beehives, the masking tape worked pretty good at stopping the ants from attacking the hive, they

    It worked! Just an update on my beehives, the masking tape worked pretty good at stopping the ants from attacking the hive, they have pretty much given up on trying to get into it. P-H-W I tried masking tape as a cheap experiment alternative to duct tape, we had a roll of masking tape around not being used. For a more permanent fix I will probably use the duct tape like you suggested. Thanks for the help guys.

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    I think you may find that you need to change the tape periodically as it become covered with insects and forms a mat that other insects can walk across. I once used a sticky spray around the base of a tree, and found that I needed to renew it from time to time for that reason.

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      Yeah 99, I read a story one time about a man doing an experiment with ants trying to see how dedicated they are to get to food. He put glue around a piece of food and the ants marched (in a straight line) across the glue to give their friends a bridge to walk on. So replacing the tape is definitely on the list.

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        Awesome, thank you for the update! It might be that a "series" of tape rings changed in a schedule from bottom to top, maybe a couple of weeks apart? Might be to your aid in the event you "slack off" on changing the tape on a given date. Good luck, how old is your hive?

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          P-H-W we started the hive from a swarm that we caught the day before Easter, we were at our church Easter picnic when we noticed a swarm of bees close to the activity area, so that evening we went and captured it using a hive we bought from a relative.

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