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Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:31 pm
by tencarnacion
Hello everyone,
This topic of vaseline as a barrier has been mentioned before, but none mentioned the issue I am having. I have a fairly large (500+ workers) tetramorium colony living in a terarrium. I use vaseline as the barrier. Ive been finding, however, many dead ants in the vaseline.
What the issue is, though, is that I have also never seen an ant go INTO the barrier, only up to it then back the way it came. I have noticed that some workers walk up to the barrier with dead ants, and that is what makes me ask this question:

Are my ants just dying in vaseline, or are they using it as their dead ant disposal? I havent seen anything like this in any of Mikey's videos, and am just wondering if anyone else has encountered this. Thank you for any and all responses!

Does vaseline kill ants, or will ants use the vaseline barrier as a dead ant disposal?


Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:41 pm
by antnest8
I have heard of this happening before. usually this is just a ant cemetery. just be careful because sometimes the ants will use there dead as a bridge.