July 02, 2015

For the record, this is what ants think of cinnamon.

I knew cinnamon wouldn't keep the ants out of the top bar hive from our experience with the Warré hivetop feeder. But it made for a good Instagram post, so…

We received one response with a suggestion to try petroleum jelly. Since the year 2000, we’ve seen 40 or more days in the 90s each year except 2004 and 2009. The years 2010 and 2011 were particularly hot with 49 and 44 days, respectively. But 2000 was a killer, with 61 days, consecutively if my memory serves. My point is, it's too HOT here for petroleum jelly. I tried it. It didn't stand up to one day of the summer heat and Mile High sun. Next test: bay leaves (ground with baking soda?)


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