I agree with this too, but they can still be a pain. I had sugar ants make a nest last year between the inner and outer cover. The bees kept them out of the hive, but they were a pain every time you opened it.Are they little ants? Bees know how to take care of them. It's not like they are going to make off with a bunch of honey. My mentor laughed at me for using the blow torch on the ants... he said just line the boxes back up, propolis takes care of the rest.
Good to know, I've never heard of that. I wonder if it would affect the bees.Cornmeal, if it's just regular black or red ants and not tiny sweet ants(the sweet ants don't seem to respond to the cornmeal). Cornmeal will take care of those coming and will also take care of the nest they carry it back to. They feed it to their young and they eat it, but it's corrosive to their intestines and causes them to die from that corrosion. We use it here at the house and within 3-4 days, no more ants.