Discuss keeping ants in here. Including what to feed them, hydration, development, disease and everything in between.
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By MoonAnts
#23697
Can I use an Antkit nest for Solenopsis fugax? I‘m scared they‘ll squeeze through the airholes. I want to give my colony a new nest after hibernation because they’re growing pretty quickly. The sawtooth adapter will be glued to the nest with reusable glue aka. I can remove it without disturbing the ants.
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By antybob
#24208
I have put them away in a cupboard, but it is pretty chilly! Definitely not freezing (its in the house) but it is cold.
Can it be too cold, assuming it never freezes?

milant wrote:Rubra hibernate around 10 degrees C and lasius around 5 degrees C. Put them in boxes filled with newspaper. Colonies that size the water will likely last the entire hibernation but just check on them at back end of December to make sure they’re ok
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By Cyrus01
#24357
So I can’t find an answer for this anywhere. When bringing UK species of ants out of hibernation do I need to gradually increase the temperature or can I just take them out?
They are currently at 8° C, can I just bring them into the house where they will be at 20° C, Or should the temperature be raised slowly over the next week?


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By Dan
#25086
Antscanada73 wrote:Quick question can you feed lasuis niger other lasuis niger queen's that have recently died but the queens haven't died to disease

TBH I wouldn't recommend it, couldn't even guarantee she'd eat it, maybe just throw out the dead queen and feed the live one other sterilised insects.
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By Aardvark
#25126
I have just received a Lasius niger queen with eggs. I have protein shakes on hand, but I understand that boiled insects are the traditional protein source. Bugs are easy to catch right now with the warm weather, which has me wondering: could I freeze some to use as a protein source later in the year?
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By Serafine
#25129
Sort of. After a while they will dry out and become uninteresting for the ants. You can also give them wet cat food as a part of their diet. Also when it's getting cold outside the ants should hibernate anyway which completely omits the problem of having to feed them until it's getting warmer again.
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By Frodo240203
#25655
Hi everyone, this is my very first time keeping ants. Attached below is the image of the formicarium I’ve ordered along with a Camponotus japonicus colony with 100 workers. When I water the nest area below the open area, am I supposed to just pour water through the watering holes and completely soak the porous material? Or how much do I pour down the watering holes? Or am I just supposed to leave test tubes with water and cotton in the open area?
Thanks in advance!
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Formicarium
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By david taylor
#25658
Hi I'm new to ant keeping and im just wondering if I am able to use a citronella candle in my room as there a ton of mosquitos around atm. If not how does every one else deal with mosquitos.
thanks.
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