Omni nest and... termites?

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TheFlynn01
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Omni nest and... termites?

Post: # 15313Post TheFlynn01
Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:30 am

Hello Keepers! I had a question for you all, and I am sorry if this is not the right place to put this up, but I just figured it might be okay... anyway, I have just gotten a new large omni nest and it is beautiful! I also have a friend who has termites who might be wanting to off load his colony, so do you think a omni nest would work for termites? Thanks much!

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Re: Omni nest and... termites?

Post: # 15376Post Martialis
Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:00 pm

TheFlynn01 wrote:Hello Keepers! I had a question for you all, and I am sorry if this is not the right place to put this up, but I just figured it might be okay... anyway, I have just gotten a new large omni nest and it is beautiful! I also have a friend who has termites who might be wanting to off load his colony, so do you think a omni nest would work for termites? Thanks much!
Pretty sure it would.
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Re: Omni nest and... termites?

Post: # 15401Post TheFlynn01
Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:12 am

Fair enough, we will see what he wants to do. I am tempted but at the same time, I have only kept a few colonies of pavement ants when I was younger, and none of them lasted long... so I would feel horrible to take a mature termite colony and kill it DX

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Re: Omni nest and... termites?

Post: # 15404Post Serafine
Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:21 am

Termites have a habit of building structures from the wood they process (a bit like wasps) so you'll have to watch and see what they do with the formicarium.
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Re: Omni nest and... termites?

Post: # 15449Post TheFlynn01
Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:53 am

It will definitely be interesting to see how it goes, but now my buddy is getting cold feet. :/ Which sucks because I really like termites, as much as I like ants haha! if only I could just buy my own king and queen like with ants.

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Re: Omni nest and... termites?

Post: # 15450Post Reevak
Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:47 am

TheFlynn01 wrote:It will definitely be interesting to see how it goes, but now my buddy is getting cold feet. :/ Which sucks because I really like termites, as much as I like ants haha! if only I could just buy my own king and queen like with ants.
How did your friend get a termite king and queen?
Will be looking for a queen in the spring.

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Re: Omni nest and... termites?

Post: # 15526Post TheFlynn01
Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:06 pm

Well from what he told me, he knew where some subterranean nests were and waited for their nuptial flight.

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Re: Omni nest and... termites?

Post: # 19480Post AntLove5Ever
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:30 pm

TheFlynn01 wrote:
Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:53 am
It will definitely be interesting to see how it goes, but now my buddy is getting cold feet. :/ Which sucks because I really like termites, as much as I like ants haha! if only I could just buy my own king and queen like with ants.
IK im late to the party, but the queens are massive, so keep that in mind. Especially when it comes to vinyl tubing sizes.

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Re: Omni nest and... termites?

Post: # 19486Post Martialis
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:47 pm

AntLove5Ever wrote:
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:30 pm
TheFlynn01 wrote:
Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:53 am
It will definitely be interesting to see how it goes, but now my buddy is getting cold feet. :/ Which sucks because I really like termites, as much as I like ants haha! if only I could just buy my own king and queen like with ants.
IK im late to the party, but the queens are massive, so keep that in mind. Especially when it comes to vinyl tubing sizes.
Termite queens only grow to that size when their egg production really kicks in.
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Re: Omni nest and... termites?

Post: # 19505Post AntLove5Ever
Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:42 pm

Martialis wrote:
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:47 pm
AntLove5Ever wrote:
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:30 pm
TheFlynn01 wrote:
Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:53 am
It will definitely be interesting to see how it goes, but now my buddy is getting cold feet. :/ Which sucks because I really like termites, as much as I like ants haha! if only I could just buy my own king and queen like with ants.
IK im late to the party, but the queens are massive, so keep that in mind. Especially when it comes to vinyl tubing sizes.
Termite queens only grow to that size when their egg production really kicks in.
even so, it is a point they will reach.

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