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Firespitter
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Humidity problem.

Post: # 34151Post Firespitter
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:20 am

I have a camponotus pennsylvanicus queen in a test tube and she and the brood were doing fine until winter came and the heat had to be turned on making it quite dry. Now the brood is starting to dry up and I have been trying to find ways to increase the humidity as the water in the test tube isn't enough and want to prevent further loss of brood. If anyone has any ideas the assistance would be greatly appreciated!

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antnest8
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Re: Humidity problem.

Post: # 34153Post antnest8
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:49 pm

if you have a humidifier in your house you could put that next to your queens.
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3 tetremorium queens
2 C. pennsylvanicus
1 C novaeboracensis
1 tapinoma sessile colony
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idahoantgirl
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Re: Humidity problem.

Post: # 34168Post idahoantgirl
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:32 pm

Firespitter wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:20 am
I have a camponotus pennsylvanicus queen in a test tube and she and the brood were doing fine until winter came and the heat had to be turned on making it quite dry. Now the brood is starting to dry up and I have been trying to find ways to increase the humidity as the water in the test tube isn't enough and want to prevent further loss of brood. If anyone has any ideas the assistance would be greatly appreciated!
You have to move them to a fresh tube.
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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PenguinAntKeeper
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Re: Humidity problem.

Post: # 34169Post PenguinAntKeeper
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:52 pm

idahoantgirl wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:32 pm
Firespitter wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:20 am
I have a camponotus pennsylvanicus queen in a test tube and she and the brood were doing fine until winter came and the heat had to be turned on making it quite dry. Now the brood is starting to dry up and I have been trying to find ways to increase the humidity as the water in the test tube isn't enough and want to prevent further loss of brood. If anyone has any ideas the assistance would be greatly appreciated!
You have to move them to a fresh tube.
I think he has them in his house, which is heated, not the tube is dry.

You should put them in an unheated, preferably un-insulated room so they can hibernate or so the tube is more effectively moistening them.
Hibernating: (all)

Parasitic Lasius:2

Founding:
Tetramorium Immigrans:2

Colonies:
Tetramorium Immigrans:1
Formica Spp:3

I'm new to ant keeping so my colonies are all still in test tubes. :roll: :?

Delphie
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Re: Humidity problem.

Post: # 34176Post Delphie
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:08 pm

If there is sufficient water in the test tube and if the open end is plugged with cotton, it should provide a warm humid environment. The dryness or humidity in the home should make little difference. There may be an issue if the test tube is open in a dry environment.

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