Colony Gone Wrong

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Luhandroo143
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Colony Gone Wrong

Post: # 69729Post Luhandroo143
Mon May 04, 2020 9:43 pm

Hi, I have a small problem. (Skip first paragraph for issue)

I live in Georgia and about 2 weeks ago I went outside to just look under some rocks and check out how insects outside were responding to the cold weather. Along my journey, I found 2 fire ant queens together and for some reason, I thought it was a good idea to get them both and the handful of ants that were with them. I have since fed them and kept cleaning their water. they live in a 10 x 4 x 4-inch plastic container, with the lid flipping up, sort of like a toolbox. I put dirt up to 3 inches high. I was just trying to be funny and mess around with my sister, I didn't fully believe I found 2 fire ant queens.

Here's the issue,
There are actually more ants than when I started and am afraid that if I don't do something soon I'll be in trouble. I don't want to get rid of everything, what should I do? Please, I'm free for any feedback and any other questions.

Qwertyfood12323
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Joined: Fri May 01, 2020 5:41 am
Location: Singapore

Re: Colony Gone Wrong

Post: # 69734Post Qwertyfood12323
Tue May 05, 2020 3:43 am

you could try to sell them on GAN if you do not want them
this is the link to GAN: https://www.AntsCanada.com/queen-ants-for-sale/
or you could make/buy a formicarium to keep them.
you also could release them or ask your parents if you can keep ants as a pet and pretend to "find them" to keep them
Good luck sorting it out.
Keeper of 1 prenolepis imparis (think)

LanceZylstra
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Joined: Wed May 27, 2020 9:41 am
Location: Cal,MI,USA

Re: Colony Gone Wrong

Post: # 70397Post LanceZylstra
Wed May 27, 2020 9:55 am

so i recently caught a new camponotus queen ant and i was trying to move her into a test tube but she fell a 3 foot drop. she did immediatly get up and start moving. do you think she will be ok and is there gonna be any lack of egg laying.
the secound problem is she is always trying to pull out the cotten in the test tube.

AntsRus
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Re: Colony Gone Wrong

Post: # 70503Post AntsRus
Fri May 29, 2020 5:57 am

LanceZylstra wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 9:55 am
so i recently caught a new camponotus queen ant and i was trying to move her into a test tube but she fell a 3 foot drop. she did immediatly get up and start moving. do you think she will be ok and is there gonna be any lack of egg laying.
the secound problem is she is always trying to pull out the cotten in the test tube.
Pulling cotton is totally normal, just keep an eye on the cotton. I can't help you with the fall, soz
Future ant keeper :lol:

LanceZylstra
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Re: Colony Gone Wrong

Post: # 70518Post LanceZylstra
Fri May 29, 2020 11:54 am

Ok thank you so much
I'm a first timer :)

Hawkeye
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Location: Almelo

Re: Colony Gone Wrong

Post: # 70607Post Hawkeye
Sun May 31, 2020 5:17 pm

LanceZylstra wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 11:54 am
Ok thank you so much
I'm a first timer :)
Hey first timer 😀

If I were you I'd stick with the Camponotus queen and release the fire ants somewhere far away. That colony will expand rapidly and will be hard to control.

Ants4Life
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Location: Texas

Re: Colony Gone Wrong

Post: # 71397Post Ants4Life
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:00 am

Fire Ant colonies are considered to be fast growing colonies, which make them very difficult to care for. It may be best to release them. Possibly keep them in a cool environment or don’t give them a great deal of food as well. In order to slow down the process of a fast growing colony.

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