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Lighting

Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 2:40 pm
by Reevak
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

Re: Lighting

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:53 pm
by Aussie
As far as I know some ants will adjust and some will be stubborn.

Re: Lighting

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:52 pm
by ooper01
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
I have used red photographic sheets. I can't remember where I got them though?? :(

Re: Lighting

Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:08 am
by Serafine
Just use red acetate foil. It's available in pretty much any size and you can cut it with scissors.

Re: Lighting

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:50 pm
by Balvine
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?

Re: Lighting

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:17 pm
by Serafine
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.

Re: Lighting

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:14 pm
by Dearth335
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.