Author Topic: Got my bees! and some ants  (Read 485 times)

ProGeek

Got my bees! and some ants
« on: June 08, 2017, 07:35:52 PM »
I finally picked up a couple of 3 frame NUCs on Saturday! I put feeders in the front and noticed on Monday that one hive sucked down half the syrup but the other really didn't. So I pulled the feeder and found about a dozen large black ants in it and no bees. I killed all the ants and put it back. That night I did an internet search and they said to put cinnamon around the hive. Yesterday morning I went out an found more ants, killed them, and spread cinnamon heavily around both hives. This morning the feeder was half empty and full of bees. Success!
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Re: Got my bees! and some ants
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2017, 10:06:15 PM »
I finally picked up a couple of 3 frame NUCs on Saturday! I put feeders in the front and noticed on Monday that one hive sucked down half the syrup but the other really didn't. So I pulled the feeder and found about a dozen large black ants in it and no bees. I killed all the ants and put it back. That night I did an internet search and they said to put cinnamon around the hive. Yesterday morning I went out an found more ants, killed them, and spread cinnamon heavily around both hives. This morning the feeder was half empty and full of bees. Success!

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Re: Got my bees! and some ants
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2017, 10:25:16 PM »
Looking forward to hearing more!
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Re: Got my bees! and some ants
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2018, 06:55:12 PM »
Today is Feb 8th 2018.  Today I saw a flowering quince in full bloom.  As I got closer I noticed motion.  Upon inspection I saw a honey bee hard at work.  It is very early in the season for bees.  My wife's camellias bloom almost all winter.  She has one blooming now.  I noticed the daffadills starting to poke up out of the ground and my blueberry buds are swelling up.  Won't be long now.  I need to see when my bee will be here.

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Re: Got my bees! and some ants
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2018, 11:43:41 PM »
Very excited for you ProGeek! Welcome to this wonderful journey!

Anytime it is in the 50's you'll start seeing some bees out on anything blooming! I've had quite a bit of activity around here and tomorrow I will be going into the hives for a full inspection once it gets to the full high temp of the day.

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