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by Helianthus
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Prevent lasius niger escaping
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: Prevent lasius niger escaping

Order some fluon or PTFE online. byFormica brand is the best. Carefully follow the instructions for applying it, and you should be good to go.
by Helianthus
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: A little lost
Replies: 1
Views: 55

Re: A little lost

Watch old AC videos about how and when to find queens in your region.
I'd also recommend joining formiculture.com. It's way more active of a forum, and you'll learn a lot more over there.
by Helianthus
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: How fast do Crickets mould?
Replies: 2
Views: 48

Re: How fast do Crickets mould?

How big is your colony and what species? If it is a large colony, then they might eat up most of the cricket and dump the harder pieces in a trash pile. I wouldn't worry about mold too much in one week. Just make sure they have a big enough out world, so they can dump their trash outside of the nest...
by Helianthus
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: HELP!!!! Queen any not laying!!
Replies: 5
Views: 77

Re: HELP!!!! Queen any not laying!!

Sorry to break it to you, but I doubt this queen will survive much less raise any brood without her established workers. I know the eagerness you feel to start up a colony, but I urge you not to take the easy way out by capturing established colonies. It is an unsustainable practice that usually end...
by Helianthus
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Gnat Problem!!! Use BT or Nematodes?
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: Gnat Problem!!! Use BT or Nematodes?

Gnats aren't that big of a problem. I have used BT in my houseplants effectively in the past. Yellow sticky traps are very effective, too, but may pose a problem for ants. Best thing is to try to let the soil dry out (especially the first couple inches). For some reason, my gnat problem just disappe...
by Helianthus
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Ant Journals, Videos, and Blogs
Topic: My two Crematogaster colonies journal
Replies: 9
Views: 917

Re: My two Crematogaster colonies journal

I took my three Crematogaster queens out of hibernation in January. I used a heat cable to warm their test tubes and left them undisturbed for over five weeks. One queen has her first worker and all the rest have large larvae or pupae. The problem is that their tubes are drying out.
by Helianthus
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Opinions on raising non-native ant species?
Replies: 4
Views: 144

Re: Opinions on raising non-native ant species?

DO NOT DO IT! Invasive ants are some of the most ecologically destructive organisms. Moving species around for the sake of captivity is simply not worth the risk. Learn to find and appreciate your native ants, and don't become a possible part of the problem by bringing in the next destructive ant sp...
by Helianthus
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Heat mats after hibernation
Replies: 2
Views: 107

Re: Heat mats after hibernation

That sounds ok to me. I put a heat cable under my ants a few days after bringing them out of hibernation. The only issue I had was putting the cable too close to the water in their test tubes, which caused a lot of condensation and drowned ants. Once I moved the cable away, the condensation stopped....
by Helianthus
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Ant barrier for Lasius Niger?
Replies: 2
Views: 103

Re: Ant barrier for Lasius Niger?

If you want the best barrier, order some ByFormica Fluon. It's a little bit expensive, but a little bit lasts a long time.
The problem with Vaseline is that some ants can walk over it and others will stick dry materials on it making a pathway.
by Helianthus
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Advice for Species and housing ideas for a future new colony owner?
Replies: 8
Views: 314

Re: Advice for Species and housing ideas for a future new colony owner?

Welcome to this crazy hobby, Tony. Unless you are going to buy queens, it really comes down to what you end up finding. I would highly recommend taking the time this winter to learn about nuptial flights in your area and trying to find whatever queens you can come spring. Keep in mind that even expl...