Killing Feeders

Posts and questions relating to ant diet & nutrition. Let us know what you’re feeding your ants.

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hiitsmeiambored
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Killing Feeders

Post: # 30803Post hiitsmeiambored
Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:10 am

I'm debating keeping mealworms when my lasius niger queen has workers and can be moved into her permanant home and want to know what the best way to kill them is. Would freezing or boiling work and if so how would you freeze/boil them. Thanks
Trying to start lasius niger colony. Hoping to keep myrmica rubra and lasius flavus in the future and considering mealworms. Current keeper of 3 evil monsters aka rabbits

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Re: Killing Feeders

Post: # 30984Post idahoantgirl
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:26 pm

hiitsmeiambored wrote:
Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:10 am
I'm debating keeping mealworms when my lasius niger queen has workers and can be moved into her permanant home and want to know what the best way to kill them is. Would freezing or boiling work and if so how would you freeze/boil them. Thanks
I buy a pack of mealworms, and keep them in the freezer (zip lock baggies or mason jars) Then when my colony is hungry its easy to take one out, chop it up, and stick it in the outworld
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

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Re: Killing Feeders

Post: # 33410Post shaky33
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:38 am

Mealworms are like the easiest protein source i've found. Keep them in the fridge, they are slow moving, and easy to chop up (also full of protein :lol: ). If you don't have the guts to just slice them up I would recommend freezing them. Leave them in a freezer (preferably in a testtube) for a couple mins, then cut them up. Boiling them can lead to less nutrients being consumed.
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Re: Killing Feeders

Post: # 33467Post MadVampy
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:32 am

I use super worms, large roaches, and crickets as protein for my ants. I have no issue with simply taking one and ripping it in half and placing it into the out world. For those that would yes freezing them then taking a knife or pair of scissors and cutting them up would be the best practice. Crickets are easily found due to them being used as fishing bait and also feeders for lizards, spiders, and can be found at most pet stores that have those pets.
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