Trap ant colony that's in my house

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Ladysphinx
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Trap ant colony that's in my house

Post: # 30371Post Ladysphinx
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:21 am

Hi guys. I was planning a ant colony and was still doing research on were to get a ant queen. Well guess what, a whole ant colony setup camp under one of my fish tank buckets. I need urgent advice on how to trap them and get them setup. Please help because if I can't trap them I'll need to get rid of them by other means and I don't want to do that

Ladysphinx
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Re: Trap ant colony that's in my house

Post: # 30374Post Ladysphinx
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:49 am

Guys the nest went bust because I accidentally disturbed them. I caught three Queens in separate tubes and have a lot if worker ants trap in a container with Vaseline smeared on the rim to keep them from escaping. Can anyone please advise asap

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Re: Trap ant colony that's in my house

Post: # 30400Post lossanmu
Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:29 pm

Could you provide some pictures. Are you sure those are the queens and not for the nuptials flights that is happening now?

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Re: Trap ant colony that's in my house

Post: # 30409Post Jadeninja9
Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:59 pm

If what you have are the egg laying queens of the colony, then go ahead and dump them into an outworld with a nest that's connected to the outworld. Eventually they'll find the nest and get situated.
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Ladysphinx
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Re: Trap ant colony that's in my house

Post: # 30454Post Ladysphinx
Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:41 am

I took them and put thrm in thr out house at this time the nest is a container with some soil with a piece of perspex on top. The ants took the few egg that was there and made a nest under it. Only obe "queen" survived it seems. The ants seems to be grooming her. I added a dead cockroach and a tube with glucose water. They were all over the tube after a few minutes. Hopefully this will work out

Ladysphinx
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Post: # 30531Post Ladysphinx
Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:34 am

I'm struggling to get a nice clear picture of these ants as they are rather small. I can see new eggs in their nest. The ants are black, shiny and about 3 or 4 mm in length. We know them as comnon black ants in South Africa the queen is less shine then the worker and dubble the size.

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Post: # 30532Post Jadeninja9
Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:55 am

Oh dude nice
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Darkotylor
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Re: Trap ant colony that's in my house

Post: # 32022Post Darkotylor
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:19 am

Hi Ladysphinx,

Check out the facebook group "Ant Keepers of Southern Africa". We trying to grow the Southern African community so can share info and trade queens and so on.

Would be cool to have you on the group. :D

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2039165259644794/

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Re: Trap ant colony that's in my house

Post: # 32026Post idahoantgirl
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:31 pm

Darkotylor wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:19 am
Hi Ladysphinx,

Check out the facebook group "Ant Keepers of Southern Africa". We trying to grow the Southern African community so can share info and trade queens and so on.

Would be cool to have you on the group. :D

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2039165259644794/
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It has no commander,
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yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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