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ablickjah
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Help moving ants?

Post: # 37262Post ablickjah
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:11 am

https://imgur.com/a/mH2earq
^ Here's a crappy diagram of the setup.
It's self made and wasn't the best idea I had.
The brown coloured bit is an open topped formicarium where I was hoping they would dig.
The yellow/ orange is the outworld area.
The black dot is the entrance.
It is a very small, one queen myrmica rubra colony (probably 15 workers but I don't know since they all hide underground. It was about 10 when they moved in 2 weeks ago)
They dug where I was hoping they would but I have made their formicarium thing too wide (2.5 cm) and I can't see their tunnels. I have purchased an antkit medium size 4 nest series 3 (https://antkit.uk/collections/nests/products/antkit-acrylic-nest-series-3-size-4-medium) for them to move into and placed it in their outworld bit, hoping they would move in but they have a moist formicarium nest thing (This i cannot change as it will stay moist and it's difficult to explain) and have no reason for them to move out but I really want to be able to check on them to see how they are doing. How do you think i can get them to move out? Please no comments telling me to leave them, it's not what I'm looking for :)

AntsDakota
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Re: Help moving ants?

Post: # 37288Post AntsDakota
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:03 pm

ablickjah wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:11 am
https://imgur.com/a/mH2earq
^ Here's a crappy diagram of the setup.
It's self made and wasn't the best idea I had.
The brown coloured bit is an open topped formicarium where I was hoping they would dig.
The yellow/ orange is the outworld area.
The black dot is the entrance.
It is a very small, one queen myrmica rubra colony (probably 15 workers but I don't know since they all hide underground. It was about 10 when they moved in 2 weeks ago)
They dug where I was hoping they would but I have made their formicarium thing too wide (2.5 cm) and I can't see their tunnels. I have purchased an antkit medium size 4 nest series 3 (https://antkit.uk/collections/nests/products/antkit-acrylic-nest-series-3-size-4-medium) for them to move into and placed it in their outworld bit, hoping they would move in but they have a moist formicarium nest thing (This i cannot change as it will stay moist and it's difficult to explain) and have no reason for them to move out but I really want to be able to check on them to see how they are doing. How do you think i can get them to move out? Please no comments telling me to leave them, it's not what I'm looking for :)
The best method usually is to put light and heat directly on the nest, but considering you can't see the tunnels, you could mix lemon juice and water and squirt it into the nest. I believe, according to other forum members, that the lemon's acidity makes the nest unsuitable for the ants to live in, so the ants move out. So your new nest is probably the most suitable nesting spot available, so they'll most likely move into the new nest.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

Henry1122
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Re: Help moving ants?

Post: # 53419Post Henry1122
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:05 pm

I think, as indicated by other discussion individuals, that the lemon's causticity makes the home inadmissible for the ants to live in, so the ants move out, so your new home is likely the most appropriate settling spot accessible...














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slink1212
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Re: Help moving ants?

Post: # 53564Post slink1212
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:40 am

Yes, connect it with the help of tube and use light to force ants to move. Just watch a youtube video, it is not difficult as my may thing :)

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