Hibernating Ants Outside

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AdamKnapp
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Hibernating Ants Outside

Post: # 33260Post AdamKnapp
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:06 pm

Hello! I have no means of hibernating my ants. I can't keep them in the fridge and a don't have a cold enough room to store them. Could I keep them outside assuming they are protected from the elements? Also, when they start hibernating should I keep food in their test tube? I gave them a bunch of food 3 weeks ago and they are running out of honey.

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Re: Hibernating Ants Outside

Post: # 33327Post PTasker15
Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:17 pm

Yes.You Can Hibernate Them Outside....If You Want To Kill Them...They Are Smart...Don't Feed Them.Or Nothing.Put Them In A Drawer.Check On Them Every Three Weeks..If They Start Dying(Except The Queen)Then Buy Dekota Clover Honey.Its Perfect Thanks To Its Formula.Its Provides Carbohydrates,Protein,And Sugar.
If They Aren't Dying.But;
They Are Moving And Hyper-Feed Them
etc
If They Are Still But Alive-Leave Them Alone Untile About February 23rd.
Colonies:
1 T.Melanocephalum
1 Tetramourium Binarcairtuml
Founding:
4 Camponotus Sayi
3 Crematogaster Ashmeadi
4 Hypoponera Ocpacior
1 Psudomyrmex Ejectus
1 Baraponera Texana(Species Of ant I Found)
3 Camponotus Pysnllvanicus
Dream Species-Atta Texana

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Re: Hibernating Ants Outside

Post: # 33328Post Batspiderfish
Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:04 pm

An unheated room or basement will do, in a pinch. Just make sure it doesn't get to be freezing in there, which would put most ants at risk. There are some species which are extremely cold tolerant when they gradually acclimate to it. Camponotus pennsylvanicus, for example, can survive -20C in the wild.
If you enjoy my expertise and identifications, please do not put wild populations at risk of disease by releasing pet colonies. We are responsible to give our pets the best care we can manage for the rest of their lives.

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