Ant barrier or Screen cover?

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DeeJayX
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Ant barrier or Screen cover?

Post: # 45649Post DeeJayX
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:44 pm

I have been doing some reading on the deferent ant barriers. The one thing the keeps going through my mind is "Why not a screen cover." Can ants chew throw them? Are the holes to big? I have been looking, you can get steel screens that are 50 microns and smaller. I'm sure a lot of ants could not get throw that. And I don’t think they can chew throw steel. If they can please let me know. I was thinking about getting 2 pieces of acrylic and cutting it to fit the top of an outworld or terrarium. Then cutting a large hole in the middle. Put the screen in between the 2 pieces of acrylic and then gluing or bolting the 2 pieces together. That should work for a screen top that the ants can’t get through and you can still remove for feeding and cleaning. If there is a flaw in my logic, please tell me. I would love to hear everyone’s ideals on the subject.

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Re: Ant barrier or Screen cover?

Post: # 45655Post cheetawolf
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:06 pm

because then you cant see the ants
yay for ants!

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DeeJayX
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Re: Ant barrier or Screen cover?

Post: # 45665Post DeeJayX
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:36 pm

cheetawolf wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:06 pm
because then you cant see the ants
you steel have the sides. And the top would be removable.

Hunter36o
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Re: Ant barrier or Screen cover?

Post: # 45681Post Hunter36o
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:25 am

I do not see an issue with it. My only fear would be how close the ants are to it when it comes to feeding or cleaning. See the barrier is to stop them getting to the top, where your screen will just stop them getting out while covered.

I suppose you need to find out how well they will climb the sides of the out would or terrarium and if you are going to have to fight/ push the ants down every time you take the cover off. If it proves to be a hassle and your ants try to escape all the time during cleaning just go back to a barrier.

I find keep any pet can be easy is you follow the basics. But going above and beyond for any pet is a constant game of trial and error. Once you are okay with that I say go for it and go creative. Just nothing that is a direct risk.
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DeeJayX
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Re: Ant barrier or Screen cover?

Post: # 45686Post DeeJayX
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:20 am

Hunter36o wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:25 am
I do not see an issue with it. My only fear would be how close the ants are to it when it comes to feeding or cleaning. See the barrier is to stop them getting to the top, where your screen will just stop them getting out while covered.

I suppose you need to find out how well they will climb the sides of the out would or terrarium and if you are going to have to fight/ push the ants down every time you take the cover off. If it proves to be a hassle and your ants try to escape all the time during cleaning just go back to a barrier.

I find keep any pet can be easy is you follow the basics. But going above and beyond for any pet is a constant game of trial and error. Once you are okay with that I say go for it and go creative. Just nothing that is a direct risk.
Thank you for your response. That's the feedback I was looking for. After reading it i could imagine a bunch of ants holding on to the screen when I go to feed them. I'll keep thinking on it and post if I come up with anything.

Hunter36o
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Re: Ant barrier or Screen cover?

Post: # 45687Post Hunter36o
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:18 am

No problem at all. Yes please do. All ideas are good to share as you may just come up with something no one else thought of yet :)
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Re: Ant barrier or Screen cover?

Post: # 45705Post idahoantgirl
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:02 pm

At the beginning, a lid may not be a problem, but when they get larger they will recognize the cover as the way out and start grouping on the lid. Not fun
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yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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