Tucson Arizona and hibernation

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Nobody
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Tucson Arizona and hibernation

Post: # 28130Post Nobody
Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:29 pm

I have been wondering lately how I should go about hybernating my ants. Sense I come from the desert what temperatures would be too cold for an ant colony? Does anyone have any tips or suggestions as to how I should store them? Oh and what happens to the not fully developed eggs do they die off ? Or will they be okay through the winter ?

AntsArizona
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Re: Tucson Arizona and hibernation

Post: # 28442Post AntsArizona
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:52 pm

Hello. I'm from Gilbert Arizona and asked a similar question for my founding colonies. From what I gathered, it sounds like we just need to move them to a place slightly warmer than outside temps like an attic or basement. I'll probably store mine in a box close to my patio door where it will be cool but not as cold as outside.

As far as the brood, I believe the queens will just stop producing eggs during the winter but will raise what she has left.

I was also told Solenopsis do not require hibernation.

Good luck!

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Re: Tucson Arizona and hibernation

Post: # 28447Post Nj6000
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:00 pm

AntsArizona wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:52 pm
Hello. I'm from Gilbert Arizona and asked a similar question for my founding colonies. From what I gathered, it sounds like we just need to move them to a place slightly warmer than outside temps like an attic or basement. I'll probably store mine in a box close to my patio door where it will be cool but not as cold as outside.

As far as the brood, I believe the queens will just stop producing eggs during the winter but will raise what she has left.

I was also told Solenopsis do not require hibernation.

Good luck!
I think I was the one who told you that . Some solenopsis can hibernate . I think only the tropical ones can't hibernate .

AntsArizona
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Re: Tucson Arizona and hibernation

Post: # 28518Post AntsArizona
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:47 am

Nj6000 wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:00 pm
AntsArizona wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:52 pm
Hello. I'm from Gilbert Arizona and asked a similar question for my founding colonies. From what I gathered, it sounds like we just need to move them to a place slightly warmer than outside temps like an attic or basement. I'll probably store mine in a box close to my patio door where it will be cool but not as cold as outside.

As far as the brood, I believe the queens will just stop producing eggs during the winter but will raise what she has left.

I was also told Solenopsis do not require hibernation.

Good luck!
I think I was the one who told you that . Some solenopsis can hibernate . I think only the tropical ones can't hibernate .
Ahh ok good to know! :D

Nj6000
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Re: Tucson Arizona and hibernation

Post: # 28530Post Nj6000
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:51 am

AntsArizona wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:47 am
Nj6000 wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:00 pm
AntsArizona wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:52 pm
Hello. I'm from Gilbert Arizona and asked a similar question for my founding colonies. From what I gathered, it sounds like we just need to move them to a place slightly warmer than outside temps like an attic or basement. I'll probably store mine in a box close to my patio door where it will be cool but not as cold as outside.

As far as the brood, I believe the queens will just stop producing eggs during the winter but will raise what she has left.

I was also told Solenopsis do not require hibernation.

Good luck!
I think I was the one who told you that . Some solenopsis can hibernate . I think only the tropical ones can't hibernate .
Ahh ok good to know! :D
By tropical ants I mean solenopsis invicta aka: fire ant

Nobody
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Re: Tucson Arizona and hibernation

Post: # 28546Post Nobody
Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:36 pm

Nj6000 wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:51 am
AntsArizona wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:47 am
Nj6000 wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:00 pm

I think I was the one who told you that . Some solenopsis can hibernate . I think only the tropical ones can't hibernate .
Ahh ok good to know! :D
By tropical ants I mean solenopsis invicta aka: fire ant
Thank you all for the advice ! I am glad to hear that the existing brood won't die off completely. I'm glad you guys replied I think I can find a space to keep her. I was worried nobody would reply I didn't want to accidentally freeze her out to later find out they didn't hybernate here.

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