Does anyone know how Mikey mixes his baby powder and alcohol?

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Does anyone know how Mikey mixes his baby powder and alcohol?

Post: # 30322Post TeenTech
Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:07 pm

I got my new outworld yesterday and I need to put a barrier, and I hear Vaseline isn't always reliable. Does anyone know how Mikey mixes his deterrent? How he mixes it, and how much.

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Re: Does anyone know how Mikey mixes his baby powder and alcohol?

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Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:00 am

I had also bèen wondering about that for some time
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Re: Does anyone know how Mikey mixes his baby powder and alcohol?

Post: # 31272Post LearningAntKeeper
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:32 pm

Can somebody please answer if you know, thanks.
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Re: Does anyone know how Mikey mixes his baby powder and alcohol?

Post: # 31273Post Batspiderfish
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:44 pm

I don't think anybody has put forth a recipe for it yet, maybe that is something which should be done soon. It's not too exacting; it just needs to be thick enough not to run down the sides, but without being pasty or lumpy. Too much will lead to the barrier flaking off whenever the setup gets bumped. Try to go for unscented powder whenever possible.
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Re: Does anyone know how Mikey mixes his baby powder and alcohol?

Post: # 31275Post idahoantgirl
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:56 pm

I have found that ants cross the barrier easier if you use rubbing alcohol. It is a lot more difficult to cross if you use just baby powder applied with a cotton ball.
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Re: Does anyone know how Mikey mixes his baby powder and alcohol?

Post: # 31300Post LearningAntKeeper
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:33 am

Does baby powder stick?
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Re: Does anyone know how Mikey mixes his baby powder and alcohol?

Post: # 31308Post Batspiderfish
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:25 am

None of my ants can cross the barrier painted with the alcohol mix.
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Re: Does anyone know how Mikey mixes his baby powder and alcohol?

Post: # 31334Post idahoantgirl
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:22 pm

when I do it it does stick. it jsut coats the walls in a very thin layer of powder that is very difficult to cross. My ants are tetramorium and they used to cross the baby powder/rubbing alcohol barrier pretty easy, they just often would chose not to if they were well fed
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Re: Does anyone know how Mikey mixes his baby powder and alcohol?

Post: # 31340Post Batspiderfish
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:31 pm

idahoantgirl wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:22 pm
when I do it it does stick. it jsut coats the walls in a very thin layer of powder that is very difficult to cross. My ants are tetramorium and they used to cross the baby powder/rubbing alcohol barrier pretty easy, they just often would chose not to if they were well fed
Sorry, I wasn't trying to say that your method doesn't work! I just wanted to vouch for the slurry method.
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Re: Does anyone know how Mikey mixes his baby powder and alcohol?

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Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:52 am

idahoantgirl wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:22 pm
when I do it it does stick. it jsut coats the walls in a very thin layer of powder that is very difficult to cross. My ants are tetramorium and they used to cross the baby powder/rubbing alcohol barrier pretty easy, they just often would chose not to if they were well fed
So you just dip the cotton in the baby powder and apply it?
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