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Hollister
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Insects that your ants can eat in your backyard

Post: # 37605Post Hollister
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:04 pm

So I found this insect in my backyard. I'm pretty sure its a carolina tiger beetle. I was wondering if they were bad for ants to eat because my parents won't let me buy feeder ants.

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Re: Insects that your ants can eat in your backyard

Post: # 37606Post Batspiderfish
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:05 pm

Feeder ants? For ants?
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Re: Insects that your ants can eat in your backyard

Post: # 37609Post Hollister
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:13 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:05 pm
Feeder ants? For ants?
Yeah like crickets, meal worms, and super worms. I can't have those

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Re: Insects that your ants can eat in your backyard

Post: # 37610Post Hollister
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:14 pm

I meant feeder insects srry😂

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Re: Insects that your ants can eat in your backyard

Post: # 37615Post AntDudeUSA
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:36 pm

If your willing to risk introducing mites or other diseases to them go ahead I hate to say it but feeder insects would be much better however seeing your situation I don't think you have much of a choice just make sure to precrush any bug you catch to feed it to them and also give them some honey and sugar water aswell
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Re: Insects that your ants can eat in your backyard

Post: # 37616Post Hollister
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:42 pm

AntDudeUSA wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:36 pm
If your willing to risk introducing mites or other diseases to them go ahead I hate to say it but feeder insects would be much better however seeing your situation I don't think you have much of a choice just make sure to precrush any bug you catch to feed it to them and also give them some honey and sugar water aswell
Ok, but do you think that if I freeze or boil them it would get rid of any mites or diseases they will have?

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Re: Insects that your ants can eat in your backyard

Post: # 37635Post AntDudeUSA
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:18 pm

Hollister wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:42 pm
AntDudeUSA wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:36 pm
If your willing to risk introducing mites or other diseases to them go ahead I hate to say it but feeder insects would be much better however seeing your situation I don't think you have much of a choice just make sure to precrush any bug you catch to feed it to them and also give them some honey and sugar water aswell
Ok, but do you think that if I freeze or boil them it would get rid of any mites or diseases they will have?
Yes boiling them is a great way to make sure they are clean
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Re: Insects that your ants can eat in your backyard

Post: # 37636Post Hollister
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:25 pm

AntDudeUSA wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:18 pm
Hollister wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:42 pm
AntDudeUSA wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:36 pm
If your willing to risk introducing mites or other diseases to them go ahead I hate to say it but feeder insects would be much better however seeing your situation I don't think you have much of a choice just make sure to precrush any bug you catch to feed it to them and also give them some honey and sugar water aswell
Ok, but do you think that if I freeze or boil them it would get rid of any mites or diseases they will have?
Yes boiling them is a great way to make sure they are clean
Ok thanks everyone for the helpful info

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Re: Insects that your ants can eat in your backyard

Post: # 37639Post AntDudeUSA
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:42 pm

If I may ask what type of ant do you keep
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Re: Insects that your ants can eat in your backyard

Post: # 37642Post Hollister
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:00 pm

AntDudeUSA wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:42 pm
If I may ask what type of ant do you keep
I keep a solenopsis. I'm not sure where it originated from but its most likely and imported one because I'm in Texas.

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