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Is it okay to feed my ants feral ants

Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:01 pm
by merkantur
I have been feeding my colony the ghost ants infesting my kitchen(having feral ants in your home is normal for the tropics) for awhile in large quantities and although I know they aren't very nutritious but it works well with my small colony and their size have doubled. My family won't let me keep mealworms and my pheidole colony is pretty small so they can't handle food much larger than them.

Is it alright for me to continue feeding them the feral ants?

Re: Is it okay to feed my ants feral ants

Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:09 pm
by Jadeninja9
Well I mean, I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure there is a risk of diseases and parasites transferring from the feral colony to your captive colony. You could still do it, there just would be a chance of your colony contracting a disease or getting parasites from them.

Re: Is it okay to feed my ants feral ants

Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:52 pm
by idahoantgirl
merkantur wrote:
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:01 pm
I have been feeding my colony the ghost ants infesting my kitchen(having feral ants in your home is normal for the tropics) for awhile in large quantities and although I know they aren't very nutritious but it works well with my small colony and their size have doubled. My family won't let me keep mealworms and my pheidole colony is pretty small so they can't handle food much larger than them.

Is it alright for me to continue feeding them the feral ants?
I agree with Jadenninja9. Would your family let you but a container of live crickets and then freeze them? That is what I do.

Re: Is it okay to feed my ants feral ants

Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:49 am
by merkantur
idahoantgirl wrote:
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:52 pm
merkantur wrote:
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:01 pm
I have been feeding my colony the ghost ants infesting my kitchen(having feral ants in your home is normal for the tropics) for awhile in large quantities and although I know they aren't very nutritious but it works well with my small colony and their size have doubled. My family won't let me keep mealworms and my pheidole colony is pretty small so they can't handle food much larger than them.

Is it alright for me to continue feeding them the feral ants?
I agree with Jadenninja9. Would your family let you but a container of live crickets and then freeze them? That is what I do.
My colony is currently too small to even handle crickets. The largest things I can feed them are fruit flies and I do so on alternate days.

Re: Is it okay to feed my ants feral ants

Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:54 am
by Batspiderfish
Fruit flies are all the colony needs at this point. Feeding them wild ants is risky.

Re: Is it okay to feed my ants feral ants

Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:05 pm
by JackPayne
With feeding crickets to your colony, simply feed a leg and not the whole cricket for you colony, take some initiative and try and get a little imaginative :D :)