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Reevak
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Lighting

Post: # 14984Post Reevak
Fri Nov 25, 2016 2:40 pm

I thought that ants dislike the light and prefer the dark, so doesn't this mean that the Omni Nests will irritate ant colonies? I also heard that ants cant see red light so is there a way to cover an Omni Nest in a sheet of red plastic to make them think it is dark? And if so, where would you get this? Thanks
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Re: Lighting

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Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:53 pm

As far as I know some ants will adjust and some will be stubborn.

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Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:52 pm

Reevak wrote:I thought that ants dislike the light and prefer the dark, so doesn't this mean that the Omni Nests will irritate ant colonies? I also heard that ants cant see red light so is there a way to cover an Omni Nest in a sheet of red plastic to make them think it is dark? And if so, where would you get this? Thanks
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Re: Lighting

Post: # 15012Post Serafine
Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:08 am

Just use red acetate foil. It's available in pretty much any size and you can cut it with scissors.
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Re: Lighting

Post: # 30129Post Balvine
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:50 pm

I am sorry to resurrect this thread, but I was wondering if I need to cover the sides of the omni nest also with red foil, or is it enough to cover only the top of the formicarium?

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Re: Lighting

Post: # 30149Post Serafine
Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:17 pm

Put a cardboard sheet over the nest (or a towel), that should be sufficient.
Don't believe this "ants can't see red light" nonsense, they CAN (there's even some recent studies proving it).
Red foil in combination with daylight has ZERO effect on my Camponotus, they react as if the foil just wasn't there.
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Post: # 32788Post Dearth335
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:14 pm

Serafine wrote:
Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:17 pm
Put a cardboard sheet over the nest (or a towel), that should be sufficient.
Don't believe this "ants can't see red light" nonsense, they CAN (there's even some recent studies proving it).
Red foil in combination with daylight has ZERO effect on my Camponotus, they react as if the foil just wasn't there.
The only species that can see red light are a few camponotus and Cardiocondyla and a few other rare species. But a towel is a cheaper option for sure. I just put paper cut to the exact dimensions for the nest. Then I could remove it. The bottom and sides were taped on.

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