Ants are no longer eating.

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Synedge
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Ants are no longer eating.

Post: # 16623Post Synedge
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:36 pm

My solenopsis geminata colony had about 75 - 150 workers. They won't eat anything now and are starting to die out real quick. Seen about 40 of them dead already.

What could be the problem?

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Re: Ants are no longer eating.

Post: # 16624Post shaky33
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:20 pm

Synedge wrote:My solenopsis geminata colony had about 75 - 150 workers. They won't eat anything now and are starting to die out real quick. Seen about 40 of them dead already.

What could be the problem?
Could it be some sort of mites.
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Camponotus consobrinus
Myrmecia pilosula
Anonychomyrma sp.
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Re: Ants are no longer eating.

Post: # 16630Post Martialis
Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:14 am

Are you providing protein and sugar?
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Synedge
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Re: Ants are no longer eating.

Post: # 16637Post Synedge
Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:53 am

No sign of any mites.

Yes. Tried giving mealworms, crickets, leftover chicken, smeared honey on foil, drop of honey, honey water and sugar water in a test tube. Nothing is working.

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KingKyle26
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Re: Ants are no longer eating.

Post: # 16641Post KingKyle26
Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:35 pm

If they're not eating maybe they just aren't hungry. Give them constant access to food so they they can eat when they want
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Serafine
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Re: Ants are no longer eating.

Post: # 16643Post Serafine
Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:30 pm

Do they have enough moisture and is the temperature high enough? They're tropical ants that don't do well if its too cold.
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Synedge
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Re: Ants are no longer eating.

Post: # 16644Post Synedge
Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:40 pm

That might be the issue. Its been really cold here the past weeks days.

Any idea what i should do?

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Serafine
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Re: Ants are no longer eating.

Post: # 16652Post Serafine
Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:28 pm

Heat them.
Doesn't really matter if it's a heating cable, a heat mat or a heat lamp.
For the time being you can place their setup close to a heater, just be careful they don't get too warm.
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Re: Ants are no longer eating.

Post: # 16653Post AxeSantero
Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:52 pm

Get a thermometer and keep the nest between 80 - 82 degrees (F). Even a meat thermometer will do. Anything below that will slow their growth. Mid 70s to high 60s is WAY too cold for them (although perfect for us).

Synedge
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Re: Ants are no longer eating.

Post: # 16654Post Synedge
Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:34 pm

Alrighty, going to head to walmart and get a heating pad. Check back with you guys and see how it goes.

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