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SAFE GARDENING TIP – How to Remove Ants from Your Bee House

Ants love the sweet pollen the mom bees have left for their babies and they also love fruit trees and other plants in your garden. There are a couple of things you can do to safely deter or remove ants without the need for pesticides or chemicals that can harm pollinators.

  • Create an Insect Barrier – You can wrap your bee house with blue painters tape then smear it with a sticky substance like Tanglefoot ( or BioGlue. Both are non-toxic and will stop or prevent ants from entering your bee house. This will also work for your fruit trees or other ant paths in your yard. You can find these in most garden nurseries.
  • The other trick is to slime their path with Vaseline.
  • You can also set out bait traps on their path to your bee house so they bring back the bait to the ant nest.

Any combination of the above should help eliminate any unwanted ants.

On a fun note… since writing this blog, I now have the song “The Ants Go Marching” in my head. One of my favorites as a kid and one of my kids favorite too. So, for those of you that have never heard “The Ants Go Marching” and you have kids or grandkids, this is a fun one to sing to them. Here’s the YouTube video.

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