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Handling ants

To fix an immediate pest issue, like a nest of ants that has just appeared, dice an onion and place in the nest.


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Issah wrote:
You are dealing with siocal insects. A lot of work has gone into trying to figure out how an ant or bee society works. Let\'s look at bees.All the workers are female, and do not reproduce. The Queen has stored sperm from an early nuptial flight. If she produces an egg with a sperm, it becomes a worker. If she produces an egg without a sperm, it produces a drone. New Queens are fertilized eggs where the larvae are fed a special diet. I don\'t think you want to put a crown on the Drones . they don\'t forage, don\'t help maintain the hive, and can\'t even feed themselves. Most of the time there are no males at all in a bee hive.Because of the genetics, it turns out workers (and their sister who might turn out to be a queen) are related to each other by 75%, but only 25% to their brother. Thus a worker gives up her reproductive rights to produce someone (a new queen) that basically has the same genes that she does. It\'s the workers that control the hive, from this perspective, and the drones are the old Queen\'s progeny, and don\'t have a high priority with the workers.Read up more on these societies and the genetical explanation for the roles played.
March 06, 2014 at 04:56 PM
Patel wrote:
VeesBeesIs the hive based on a sandy-soil area? Wondering if more ground cover or derfifent soil may help with the small ants? I have some larger ants in my hive inner top cover but have read that these type of ants can help prevent mites. The bees do keep them away from the nectar.
March 07, 2014 at 07:50 AM

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