Escape Artist - Lasius & Fluon

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Fayestone
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Escape Artist - Lasius & Fluon

Post: # 51450Post Fayestone
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:27 pm

Hello everyone, I have several colonies in early stages and my Lasius (I think Niger or alienus) has been walk-in over my PTFE 30 solution walls this evening. I’ve checked the perimeter with a light and I can see the residue line on the plastic tub. Any insights or advise would be great.

I had opened the top when this happened for the first time, then reinforced the corner I found the ant nest when I caught it outside. The lid was back on the second time and I caught the little thing actually walking over the fluon. I don’t want to keep reapplying it, as I’ve heard this creates footholds but it looks certainly looks like they won’t be contained.

I’m in the UK, so rubbing alcohol was hard to come by. The Fluon was brought via an ant merchandise page and I applied about a month ago.

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Re: Escape Artist - Lasius & Fluon

Post: # 51460Post idahoantgirl
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:55 pm

Did you dilute your fluon?
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

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Re: Escape Artist - Lasius & Fluon

Post: # 51475Post Fayestone
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:31 am

I’ve not diltuted it, this the solution that I brought: https://antkit.uk/products/ptfe-escape-proofing-liquid

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Re: Escape Artist - Lasius & Fluon

Post: # 51493Post idahoantgirl
Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:43 am

I know in Mikey bustos's video he said to dilute fluon 1:1 with water. This increases it's efficiencey.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

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