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How do I save this ant

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:01 pm
by Theantlad
I found a large (maybe camponotus) worker in my pool. I have it in a test tube right now, and I was wondering how I can best save it. Can it find it's way back if I release it back on my patio?

Re: How do I save this ant

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:58 am
by Hawkeye
I'm not sure if your pool has chlorine in it? In that case the ants days will be numbered I am afraid. It might be able to find its way back to the colony but it could then potentially spread chlorine into the nest and put the colony at risk.

You could try to quarantine the ant and offer it diluted honey (diluted with spring water) to try to flush out the toxins, but there's no guarantees.