Seedling Heat Mats & Ants

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CampoKing
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Seedling Heat Mats & Ants

Post: # 46668Post CampoKing
Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:01 pm

It's that time of year where things start cooling off in Colorado, and it's getting almost chilly for my ants. It's too soon for their hibernation (I plan to keep mine active until October). I've been brainstorming how to keep my ants warm, and I didn't want to use reptile heating pads because they seem way too hot. However, I just discovered "seedling heat mats" and those sound perfect.

An example is this guy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P7U259C

They gently warm stuff, like potted plant roots. Has anyone used these for ants? I bought one today and when it arrives, I'll report back on what I learn. Cheers!
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LegoDwarf12
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Re: buying ant queens

Post: # 46676Post LegoDwarf12
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:45 pm

Hi I would like to buy your tetramorium ant queen in berthoud Colorado it was $15 correct if you are not the person can you tell me how to get the people's info on my email I got to people in Colorado to buy ant queens from

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Re: buying ant queens

Post: # 46680Post idahoantgirl
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:42 pm

LegoDwarf12 wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:45 pm
Hi I would like to buy your tetramorium ant queen in berthoud Colorado it was $15 correct if you are not the person can you tell me how to get the people's info on my email I got to people in Colorado to buy ant queens from
You live in nebraska... Transporting queens across state lines is illegal.
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.

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PwnerPie
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Re: Seedling Heat Mats & Ants

Post: # 46693Post PwnerPie
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:02 am

Hi Campo,
I use a seedling mat. The only issue is that it is hard to make one side of their area warm and the other side cold. I have a few setups where there is a test tube portal with 1 testtube on the mat and the other off to give them some varience. Overall it works well. I do agree that the reptile cords do get pretty hot.
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CampoKing
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Re: Seedling Heat Mats & Ants

Post: # 47439Post CampoKing
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:04 am

Ok so my experience with the seedling mat that I linked to in my first post is:
If the room is actually cool/cold, it works as planned.
At room temp though, it gets hot like every other mat.
This mat, probably like other heat mats, will work best with something that can dissipate the heat evenly (I wish I had a slab of aluminum to make a heated "table" surface). There's too much plastic and the wood counter surface itself that acts like an insulator, turning an otherwise gentle heat source into a risky hot spot.
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