Watering soil without ants nesting in it

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Zeroten
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Watering soil without ants nesting in it

Post: # 50201Post Zeroten
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:21 am

I have a lasius ant colony living in a terrarium with some plants and a ytong underground and a layer of soil above. I want the ants to live in the ytong nest I custom-made, so I can see their activity underground. But there are also plants in the terrarium which I need to water. How do I prevent the ants from nesting in the soil, and still be able to water my plants.

Thanks for helping.
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TheRealAntMan
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Re: Watering soil without ants nesting in it

Post: # 50211Post TheRealAntMan
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:22 pm

You probably won't be able to. Your ants will likely prefer the soil soil rather than the restrictions of the y-tong nest
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.

Zeroten
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Re: Watering soil without ants nesting in it

Post: # 50278Post Zeroten
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:40 am

TheRealAntMan wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:22 pm
You probably won't be able to. Your ants will likely prefer the soil soil rather than the restrictions of the y-tong nest
Is there no way to make the soil less attractive for the ants, or to make the ytong nest more suitable for them?
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