Can i use outside Roaches to feed my ants?

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Can i use outside Roaches to feed my ants?

Post: # 19934Post XxStrongHeroxX
Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:35 pm

In my back yard i have a lot of wood and piles of leaves i my back yard. when i move them there are always outside roaches, can i just freeze them and use them as food?
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Re: Can i use outside Roaches to feed my ants?

Post: # 19945Post Martialis
Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:55 pm

Depends on if your lawn and the surrounding area are treated with pesticides. If so, don't. If not, go right ahead.
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Re: Can i use outside Roaches to feed my ants?

Post: # 19948Post XxStrongHeroxX
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:03 pm

Martialis wrote:
Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:55 pm
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Depends on if your lawn and the surrounding area are treated with pesticides. If so, don't. If not, go right ahead.
And also what about lizards once my colony gets big enough? And my lawn was treated with ant pesticide but obviously it did not work if there are a whole bunch of ants :D
And the lizards i can easily just hunt them with my sling shot. There is a abundance of lizards so i think i will not hurt the eco too much
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Re: Can i use outside Roaches to feed my ants?

Post: # 19950Post Martialis
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:07 pm

Both bad ideas. It was treated with pesticides, don't feed it.

Feeding a lizard seems pretty darn callous.
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Re: Can i use outside Roaches to feed my ants?

Post: # 19952Post XxStrongHeroxX
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:10 pm

Martialis wrote:
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:07 pm
Both bad ideas. It was treated with pesticides, don't feed it.

Feeding a lizard seems pretty darn callous.
I make sure its quick and easy, plus its not the giant lizards just like the 2 - 3 inch ones.
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Re: Can i use outside Roaches to feed my ants?

Post: # 19953Post Martialis
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:19 pm

Don't feed vertebrates to your ants. Much of it is unused. It's just wasting that animal's life.
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Re: Can i use outside Roaches to feed my ants?

Post: # 19959Post XxStrongHeroxX
Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:05 pm

alright, what about aphids i have some aphids in my backyard that solenopsis invicta colony cares for. do i just scare off the ants and take the weed? (solenopsis invicta are invasive where i live)
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Re: Can i use outside Roaches to feed my ants?

Post: # 19979Post Martialis
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:31 am

Good luck removing the ants and taking the weed. Most have pretty large root systems.
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Re: Can i use outside Roaches to feed my ants?

Post: # 20069Post XxStrongHeroxX
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:49 am

Martialis wrote:
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:31 am
Good luck removing the ants and taking the weed. Most have pretty large root systems.
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Re: Can i use outside Roaches to feed my ants?

Post: # 20075Post idahoantgirl
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:24 am

So I think what we are trying to tell you is to not feed your ants anything from outside. pet stores are the way to go. get a container of crickets and freeze them. when your colony is hungry grab one and stick it in their outworld.(I have a blade near my setup so I can cut the cricket into three accessible pieces for my ants.
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It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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