Outside food for ants?

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BeginnerAntKeeper
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Outside food for ants?

Post: # 37004Post BeginnerAntKeeper
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:50 am

If I can’t get feeder insects from the store should I feed insects from outside?(My family doesn’t use pesticide)

Seriously I can’t convince my mother to buy me some, sustaining my ant colonies on smooshed mosquitoes currently :mrgreen:

And also how should I find the insects outside?
Founding
1 Unknown sp (Paratopula?)
1 Nylanderia sp.
3 Camponotus Irritans
3 Pheidole sp. (or 2?)

Colonies:
1 (failed) Crematogaster sp. colony
Abt 5 Pheidole colonies
1 Ghost ant colony

ID’ed with help from those at Formiculture forums

MaxGen
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Location: Toronto

Re: Outside food for ants?

Post: # 37023Post MaxGen
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:22 pm

If you can't buy, wild feeders are your only option. People will say not to because of the risk of introducing parasites or disease. It's your only option though, so go for it.

You can setup a bright light, or even better a black light. If you have a bright light on your house, look around it.

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