Test Tubes

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PupHadrian
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Test Tubes

Post: # 33924Post PupHadrian
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:35 am

I'm shooting for carpenter ants, they can chew through a lot. Is a cotton ball really going to keep them in the test tube? Im trying to figure it all out now, if the weather warms and stays nice, they can start the nuptial flights as early as next month.
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Jadeninja9
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Re: Test Tubes

Post: # 33929Post Jadeninja9
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:57 am

If you put a thick plug of cotton in the tube it should work fine.
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antnest8
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Re: Test Tubes

Post: # 33979Post antnest8
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:57 pm

I have my carpenter queen in a test tube with cotton and she has been in there a long time. I do suggest that you make sure the cottons thick because the queens are very strong and one escaped by pushing the cotton out of the tube.
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