Small Ant Tower and RIFA

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Haze809
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Small Ant Tower and RIFA

Post: # 75148Post Haze809
Fri Jan 22, 2021 2:06 pm

I have a colony of 100-200 red fire ants in a small AC tower connected to a test tube portal and an outworld.

The portal and outworld are quite secure when it comes to preventing my ants from escaping.. the problem is the small AC Tower.. The top of it had holes to allow from proper air circulation..they are small but my ants can still go in and out of them easily.

I've tried vaseline, olive oil and lately fluon.. I put it on on the edges of the tower and even removed the top and covered it with fluon. The holes are all still open, but ants do keep escaping like nothing. It's not a serious problem, its only 1 or 2 a day, some days none.. but I know they will only become more of a problem.. considering the huge amount of brood in the tower.

Any suggestions?

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Re: Small Ant Tower and RIFA

Post: # 75153Post AM1C39
Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:30 pm

Trie baby powder mixed with rubbing alcohol.
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Re: Small Ant Tower and RIFA

Post: # 75155Post NKantsalberta
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:46 pm

Haze809 wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 2:06 pm
I have a colony of 100-200 red fire ants in a small AC tower connected to a test tube portal and an outworld.

The portal and outworld are quite secure when it comes to preventing my ants from escaping.. the problem is the small AC Tower.. The top of it had holes to allow from proper air circulation..they are small but my ants can still go in and out of them easily.

I've tried vaseline, olive oil and lately fluon.. I put it on on the edges of the tower and even removed the top and covered it with fluon. The holes are all still open, but ants do keep escaping like nothing. It's not a serious problem, its only 1 or 2 a day, some days none.. but I know they will only become more of a problem.. considering the huge amount of brood in the tower.

Any suggestions?
Can you maybe find a metal wire mesh that is woven tight enough to put over the vent holes? Fairly cheap off amazon and they shouldn't be able to chew through it. That should do the trick.
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Haze809
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Re: Small Ant Tower and RIFA

Post: # 75159Post Haze809
Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:36 am

@NKantsalberta
Oh man this is a great idea! I can easily cut it and make it the shape of the top of the ant tower. I'll have to keep an eye to make sure they don't push it up, but if they do.. ill try to find a way to glue it with some non-toxic solution. I just ordered one from Amazon, I'm sure it will work. Thank you!

@AM1C39
This may work for the outworld, but not recommended for the ant tower because of the humidity rising and condensation would eventually make that solution rub off.. Fluon is supposed to be the premier solution but didn't work out for me in the out world..

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Re: Small Ant Tower and RIFA

Post: # 75163Post AM1C39
Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:23 pm

You could also stuff all the holes with cotton (probably to many holes do).
My current colonies:
The miniature military(formica neogagates)
the power of war(camponotus novaeborecensis)
the black hearts(crematogaster cerasi
the blazing nation(Myrmica alaskensis)

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Re: Small Ant Tower and RIFA

Post: # 75164Post NKantsalberta
Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:55 pm

Haze809 wrote:
Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:36 am
@NKantsalberta
Oh man this is a great idea! I can easily cut it and make it the shape of the top of the ant tower. I'll have to keep an eye to make sure they don't push it up, but if they do.. ill try to find a way to glue it with some non-toxic solution. I just ordered one from Amazon, I'm sure it will work. Thank you!

@AM1C39
This may work for the outworld, but not recommended for the ant tower because of the humidity rising and condensation would eventually make that solution rub off.. Fluon is supposed to be the premier solution but didn't work out for me in the out world..
Hope it works for you! if you don't want to risk the glue, just use something to weigh it down.
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Re: Small Ant Tower and RIFA

Post: # 75665Post Alaydia
Fri Mar 05, 2021 2:45 pm

Are you sure your ants are not escaping because they need more room? Might try moving them to a larger formicarium, although I'd avoid another tower if they're getting out. I, of course, am biased because I think one RIFA loose is two too many (I have a serious hate-on for those buggers), but I'd be doing whatever it takes to keep them from escaping.

Did the mesh idea work?
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