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Ants getting stuck in cotton

Post: # 17476Post Cale3459
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:10 am

Anyone else have trouble with their ants getting stuck in the cotton? I think this is the third time this week. I end up removing the cotton and using my tweezers to gently remove the ant.
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Re: Ants getting stuck in cotton

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Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:29 am

Mine does as well, but she usually gets unstuck on her own in the end.
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Re: Ants getting stuck in cotton

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Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:53 am

Are you sure that's a queen?
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Re: Ants getting stuck in cotton

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Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:08 pm

Martialis wrote:
Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:53 am
Are you sure that's a queen?
No that's one of my workers :lol:
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Re: Ants getting stuck in cotton

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Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:03 pm

Yep. Sorry. I entirely missed the formicarium in the background the first time around. :oops:
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Re: Ants getting stuck in cotton

Post: # 17528Post Cale3459
Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:56 pm

Haha it's all good. I've got about 13 workers left after I had some die off after rescuing the colony(I'm sure due to stress). I've got 5 pupae right now and a few larvae and a large cache of eggs so I'm trying to keep every worker alive I can until they start replenishing faster than they are dying off. I have a journal if you want pictures. Just stressful when I see one caught and I know how low my numbers are haha. I left her alone for a day or two the first time to see if she could get loose and she didn't so now I remove the cotton and let her grab onto my tweezers to pry her loose as gently as I can.
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Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:46 pm

I know that feeling of waiting for a full egg to worker cycle to happen in a rescued colony!
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Re: Ants getting stuck in cotton

Post: # 17610Post ScaryBuh
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:39 am

I use the back of a pencil to push the cotton to the water, that way the cotton is flat with less strings loose to entangle the ants.

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