Prevent lasius niger escaping

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harvesterant
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Prevent lasius niger escaping

Post: # 57105Post harvesterant
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:11 am

I have a new lasius niger colony, and the outworld it will be kept in will need a protective barrier. What can I use for to make the outworld escape proof?

Helianthus
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Re: Prevent lasius niger escaping

Post: # 57178Post Helianthus
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:07 pm

Order some fluon or PTFE online. byFormica brand is the best. Carefully follow the instructions for applying it, and you should be good to go.

Hunter36o
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Re: Prevent lasius niger escaping

Post: # 57232Post Hunter36o
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:13 am

I strictly use baby powder and it has yet to fail. Plus it's easy to buy lol.
Research is important before during and even after you have established a colony. There is always time to learn and to listen to others experiences. Live by this and your ants will thrive. Fail to do so and your experience may be brief.

harvesterant
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Re: Prevent lasius niger escaping

Post: # 57441Post harvesterant
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:13 am

Okay, these are two good options to keep ants inside their formicarium. Thank you for the advice.

harvesterant
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Re: Prevent lasius niger escaping

Post: # 57520Post harvesterant
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:19 am

Would baby powder work for a lasius niger colony? Lasius niger are quite good at climbing. The current colony is currently small, would they be able to pass the barrier?

Hunter36o
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Re: Prevent lasius niger escaping

Post: # 57681Post Hunter36o
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:23 am

I keep Lasius Niger and to date I have had no issues with baby powder on its own.
Regardless of size (nanitic or fully developed) it works great.
If it helps I left an ant tower open for an hour and the colony was active and no one could get out.
Research is important before during and even after you have established a colony. There is always time to learn and to listen to others experiences. Live by this and your ants will thrive. Fail to do so and your experience may be brief.

harvesterant
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Re: Prevent lasius niger escaping

Post: # 57719Post harvesterant
Wed May 01, 2019 11:47 am

Okay, thank you for the help, I will consider getting baby powder, because it is easy to get.

I made my own outworld, and cut the holes for tubing roughly, what can I use to block them up, so that the ants cannot escape through there?

Ant108
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Re: Prevent lasius niger escaping

Post: # 57785Post Ant108
Fri May 03, 2019 5:32 pm

Baby powder is hard to find in Italy,
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