What barrier to use?

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What barrier to use?

Post: # 17116Post Firestar987654321
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:32 am

I haven't started my own ant colony yet, but I am planning to do so this year. I was just wondering what barrier I should use for my outworld. Trolololololol :lol:

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Re: What barrier to use?

Post: # 17117Post Fulkol
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:45 am

Baby powder + rubbing alcohol
or you can buy Fluon

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Post: # 17121Post Martialis
Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:56 am

Although Vaseline is said to be a good barrier, it isn't. The ants are able to crawl over it.
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Post: # 17155Post shaky33
Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:50 am

Martialis wrote:
Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:56 am
Although Vaseline is said to be a good barrier, it isn't. The ants are able to crawl over it.
I find it to honestly be the opposite. My Prolasius colony go near the vaseline.
- Rhytidoponera metallica
- Camponotus consobrinus x2
- Anonychomryma sp.
- Nylanderia sp.
- Melaphorus sp.
- Camponotus cairns
- Crematogaster sp.
- Colobopsis sp.
- Myrmecia nigrocinta
- Iridomyrmex purpureus
- Camponotus eastwoodi

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Re: What barrier to use?

Post: # 18046Post xTNxANTMANx
Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:01 am

I use Fluon and its great. Expensive but works wonders. The alcohol and baby powder method works ok as well.
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Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x4
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Post: # 18123Post larynx
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:27 pm

Fluon works wonders on most species. Also it is the only thing ive found that doesn't leave an absolute mess around the rim of an outworld.
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Re: What barrier to use?

Post: # 18145Post Serafine
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:47 am

Vaseline is a very unreliable border. It works for some species but doens't work for other (I've read Journals where S. invicta walked right over it and Formica species tend to stick debris on it to create bridges across it, Camponotus ants are also able to walk over it but usually only do when they feel they have to). Humidity also has an extreme effect on it's performance, I've had several people saying that it decays very quickly under dry conditions and it can even damage acrylics if it sticks on them for longer periods.

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Post: # 18151Post idahoantgirl
Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:22 am

I use baby powder +alchohol and it works great for my tetramorium.
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Re: What barrier to use?

Post: # 18173Post martinnate
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:54 pm

I tried vasaline with my crematigaster and they just walk on it like its not there, I tried the Fluon and alcohal and baby powder and it didnt work but vasaline with baby powder over it works great however if the outworld gets to humid the powder kind of gets wet and they can clime over it.

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