Making new friends and fighting old ones

Let the pollinating begin!

Let the pollinating begin!

So I’ve been given the honor of hosting a beehive at our place. My friend Cory was not fond of the idea of there being a beehive in his back yard while his 2 year old plays about. In comes my friend and beekeeper aficionado Aaron. After some debate as to what to do with the newly acquired honey factory, we decided to bring it over here.

notice the base of the legs

notice the base of the legs

I won’t bore you with, or pretend I know lots about, the details of beekeeping. I will however recommend you pay a visit to the backwards beekeepers webpage. I have several friends that have gone through some training, gotten help from, and generally have had a great time thanks to them. Oh and have gotten stung…

Notice how on the picture above, the table has some strange footings. This, Aaron tells me, is to protect the bees from ants. The way it works is you put the legs of the table in a jar that has some oil in it. Creating an oily moat of sorts. The ants will not cross that and the bees can keep on being bees without worrying about being attacked from below.

This brings me to my next point. As you might know, we get our internet through satellite here, on the ranch as I like to call it. This gets to the rig (RV talk for my 5th wheel, I’ve been frequenting many a forum lately) through a 250′ Cat5, or ethernet, cable. Problem is ants have begun to use it as a bridge from outside to my food scraps, etc.

nice and easy

nice and easy

Enter mini-moat! I figured if the ants stay away from the bees using this technique, maybe it would work on keeping them away from me. When I got home today it was a free for all through that cable. Now it’s quiet as can be, except for the generator making so much racket. I hope this works and it’s not just that they are gathering their forces to get back at me for the massacre of earlier today.