Can Vaseline kill nanitics?

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Geffbro
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Re: Can Vaseline kill nanitics?

Post: # 10139Post Geffbro
Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:49 pm

I don't know much but my tiny little tetramoriums dont even get stuck in the honey when i smear it inside their test tube, so i wouldn't be afraid of that. I guess just make sure to drag your honey dispensing utensil some short distance so its not in one super puddle

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Re: Can Vaseline kill nanitics?

Post: # 10142Post Batspiderfish
Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:22 pm

Disinfecting the outworld probably won't do anything except potentially introduce chemical hazards to the ants. It's easy to go too far when you're trying to fix a problem for your ants.
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Re: Can Vaseline kill nanitics?

Post: # 10143Post Varanid
Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:31 pm

Ok, so I will skip that step. Wish me luck, going to fix it up tonight and reintroduce them tomorrow night.

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Re: Can Vaseline kill nanitics?

Post: # 10144Post Marandola
Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:57 pm

Wait, are you giving them distilled water to drink? I guess it's not good to them, because the ants will not be able to get some minerals, developing a deficiency on these substances.

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Re: Can Vaseline kill nanitics?

Post: # 10146Post Varanid
Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:37 pm

I fthought distilled would be the way to go, I know tap water is out because of the chlorine. And from what I have read about bottled drinking water, it is not much better than tap water. Did not think about minerals in the water.

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Re: Can Vaseline kill nanitics?

Post: # 10148Post Batspiderfish
Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:04 pm

I'm pretty sure the ants would be getting minerals from their food anyways.
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Re: Can Vaseline kill nanitics?

Post: # 10151Post Varanid
Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:24 pm

Still not positive what killed the nanitics. I still suspect the vaseline, it could be coincidence but I am not taking any chances. Thanks for the help guys. I really do appreciate it. Have cleaned the outworld and applied talcum and alcohol mix. It is drying as we speak, hoping it keeps the ants in and that I do not lose any more nanitics. The queen has a ton of brood, in all stages. If I can keep these two nanitics alive long enough for these to develop it should be a healthy colony. She is sitting on what looks like a mountain of brood :). Hoping this takes care of the problem.

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