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Cal113
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Hibernation Help

Post: # 54940Post Cal113
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:40 pm

SO... My whole house stays too warm for 'proper' hibernation temps of 40-50 degrees F. My garage will occasionally drop below 30 F when its cold out. There definitely isn't room in the fridge and its only a couple degrees above freezing anyway.

What do I do because from what I know they definitely still need to hibernate. Right?
Keeper of:

x3 Tetramorium caespitum queens (small colonies);
x1 Pogonomyrmex barbatus (med colony)
x1 Formica fusca single queen; (small colony)
x2 Unknown sp.; (founding)
x1 Temnothorax rugatalus (med colony)

ClashOwenBash
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Location: Oxfordshire, England

Re: Hibernation Help

Post: # 54948Post ClashOwenBash
Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:15 am

Cal113 wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:40 pm
SO... My whole house stays too warm for 'proper' hibernation temps of 40-50 degrees F. My garage will occasionally drop below 30 F when its cold out. There definitely isn't room in the fridge and its only a couple degrees above freezing anyway.

What do I do because from what I know they definitely still need to hibernate. Right?
Don't worry your house will be fine, the temperature will work, just find a nice cool place to keep them where they won't be disturbed.
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Cal113
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Location: Louisville, Co

Re: Hibernation Help

Post: # 54960Post Cal113
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:37 pm

Don't worry your house will be fine, the temperature will work, just find a nice cool place to keep them where they won't be disturbed.
Alright, thanks for the info, I'll put them in the basement where its around 60-ish F. :)
Keeper of:

x3 Tetramorium caespitum queens (small colonies);
x1 Pogonomyrmex barbatus (med colony)
x1 Formica fusca single queen; (small colony)
x2 Unknown sp.; (founding)
x1 Temnothorax rugatalus (med colony)

HyperspaceJester
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Re: Hibernation Help

Post: # 54962Post HyperspaceJester
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:29 pm

Merry Christmas everyone :D Apologies for going off topic, but this is the first forum I've seen that I can actually post on! I'm trying to get some species identification information... anyone know where I should be asking?

Cal113
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Location: Louisville, Co

Re: Hibernation Help

Post: # 54973Post Cal113
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:54 pm

here you go https://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewforum.php?f=48
Keeper of:

x3 Tetramorium caespitum queens (small colonies);
x1 Pogonomyrmex barbatus (med colony)
x1 Formica fusca single queen; (small colony)
x2 Unknown sp.; (founding)
x1 Temnothorax rugatalus (med colony)

HyperspaceJester
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Joined: Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:51 pm

Re: Hibernation Help

Post: # 54974Post HyperspaceJester
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:05 pm

Thanks for the response cal... but I figured it out (kinda) about 5 minutes after my initial post.. then about another hour and 5 and I finally worked out how to upload a pic of the ant I'm trying to identify :roll: lol

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