This morning Matt adopted a swarm that we hived just last week in San Jose. This swarm was a good sized one and when we released the queen two days after we hived them they have already built a good amount of fresh white comb on the foundationless frames.
We talked a little this morning and Matt mentioned that he had ant issues last year but this year he built this new antproof hive stand. He drove a 4×4 into the ground. Cut a 5 gallon bucket and inserted it into the 4×4 as pictured below. Epoxy the necessary locations to make it watertight. Now water or oil can be used to keep ants from climbing up the stand. And the last part is to build the supports to hold the hive. Pretty nice looking and solid. (Picture below taken by Matt)