Temperature for hibernating ants

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Nj6000
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Temperature for hibernating ants

Post: # 30762Post Nj6000
Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:50 pm

What's best temperature for hibernating ants ?

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Re: Temperature for hibernating ants

Post: # 30798Post hiitsmeiambored
Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:49 am

If the species is native to where you live and you are sure they hibernate then just place them in a shed or garage or unheated room this should be fine for a native species.
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Re: Temperature for hibernating ants

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Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:55 am

I have a shed but my shed stays pretty cold in the winter . Will the shed still be ok ?

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Re: Temperature for hibernating ants

Post: # 30811Post hiitsmeiambored
Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:28 am

If the shed is really cold then wrap the nest is bubble wrap
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Re: Temperature for hibernating ants

Post: # 30853Post Nj6000
Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:52 pm

Ok , do you think I need to do that if it gets in the 20's

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Re: Temperature for hibernating ants

Post: # 30856Post hiitsmeiambored
Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:26 pm

Yeah I would the basic idea is to keep them above the temperature outside but cold enough for them to hibernate
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Re: Temperature for hibernating ants

Post: # 30875Post Nj6000
Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:51 pm

Ok thx

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Re: Temperature for hibernating ants

Post: # 30905Post AntViking
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:09 am

Idk if the wrap will really help. It won't really keep them warmer, just prolong how long it takes them to get cold. It all depends on their nesting habits in the wild. Species that live deep underground tend to be less tolerant of low temperatures than ones that live above the surface in acorns, logs, and other structures.

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Re: Temperature for hibernating ants

Post: # 30906Post AntViking
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:31 am

But to awnser your initial post. Somewhere between 40-50 is safest for them

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Re: Temperature for hibernating ants

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Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:01 pm

Ok thx

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