Are plaster of paris nests ok?

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Antfan
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Are plaster of paris nests ok?

Post: # 57955Post Antfan
Mon May 06, 2019 6:38 am

Hello, I am wanting to know if I can make plaster of paris for a nest for a friend. I'm making him a nest but don't have hydrostone but I have heard that it molds
Keeping:
Myrmica Rubra
Messor barbarus (Not native, I do not support this kind of ant buying)
Polyrhacis dives (Not native, I do not support this kind of ant buying)
Lasius Niger
Wanting to keep:
Lasius flavus
Formica species
Acorn ants

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WillWithAnts
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Re: Are plaster of paris nests ok?

Post: # 57990Post WillWithAnts
Tue May 07, 2019 12:59 am

I can confirm that it molds. Depending on how much moisture your species prefers, you might be able to add just enough where it isn't a problem.

Antfan
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Re: Are plaster of paris nests ok?

Post: # 57996Post Antfan
Tue May 07, 2019 1:25 am

WillWithAnts wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 12:59 am
I can confirm that it molds. Depending on how much moisture your species prefers, you might be able to add just enough where it isn't a problem.
Thank you! I didn''t want to kill my friends Ants.
Keeping:
Myrmica Rubra
Messor barbarus (Not native, I do not support this kind of ant buying)
Polyrhacis dives (Not native, I do not support this kind of ant buying)
Lasius Niger
Wanting to keep:
Lasius flavus
Formica species
Acorn ants

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WillWithAnts
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Location: South Dakota

Re: Are plaster of paris nests ok?

Post: # 57998Post WillWithAnts
Tue May 07, 2019 1:29 am

That sounds like a good idea! What are they?

Antfan
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Re: Are plaster of paris nests ok?

Post: # 58090Post Antfan
Thu May 09, 2019 4:29 pm

WillWithAnts wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 1:29 am
That sounds like a good idea! What are they?
I think its messor barbarus and a Camponotus species
Keeping:
Myrmica Rubra
Messor barbarus (Not native, I do not support this kind of ant buying)
Polyrhacis dives (Not native, I do not support this kind of ant buying)
Lasius Niger
Wanting to keep:
Lasius flavus
Formica species
Acorn ants

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WillWithAnts
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Location: South Dakota

Re: Are plaster of paris nests ok?

Post: # 58093Post WillWithAnts
Thu May 09, 2019 8:25 pm

Campontus spp. are usually pretty dry-tolerant. . . not sure about Messor spp.

Hunter36o
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Re: Are plaster of paris nests ok?

Post: # 58282Post Hunter36o
Wed May 15, 2019 9:25 am

Messor Barbarus are from hotter areas and tolerate dryer nests as a result so the plaster should be okay and should not mold as quick since it's moisture levels do not need to be too high.
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Antfan
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Re: Are plaster of paris nests ok?

Post: # 58351Post Antfan
Fri May 17, 2019 3:02 pm

Thanks for all your feed back!
Keeping:
Myrmica Rubra
Messor barbarus (Not native, I do not support this kind of ant buying)
Polyrhacis dives (Not native, I do not support this kind of ant buying)
Lasius Niger
Wanting to keep:
Lasius flavus
Formica species
Acorn ants

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