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Ant barrier not working

Post: # 36241Post AntsRule
Tue May 22, 2018 6:01 pm

Hi guys its been a while, Ive been inactive over the winter but now warm weather is here yay!! I made a small outworld for one of my small colonies out of alcohol and baby powder, I spread it on and let it dry. I come back the next day and my 3 workers are gone. I still have the queen and brood and cottoned the test tube. What happened? I made sure to spread it super thick and the container has rounded corners, any advise or substitute barriers welcome. THX!
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Re: Ant barrier not working

Post: # 36266Post PTasker15
Wed May 23, 2018 9:57 am

Spread It In A Circular Motion
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Pogonomyrmex Occdentalis
Myrmecositis Mexicanus
Formica Subsercea
Pheidole Moerens
Pheidole Obscuriothorax
Pheidole Bicarinata
Tetramourium Bicarinatum
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Camponotua Castanus
Solenopsis Richteri,invicta,xyloni,Molesta.

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Re: Ant barrier not working

Post: # 36304Post antnest8
Thu May 24, 2018 3:13 pm

also sometimes the main ingredient is cornstarch for baby powder and that with alcohol does not seem to work. Also your worker problem. keep a look out for them they will most likely come back to the nest.
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Re: Ant barrier not working

Post: # 36347Post idahoantgirl
Fri May 25, 2018 3:02 pm

I used baby powder and alcohol at first, but my tetramorium could cross it. I found that leaving out the rubbing alcohol and dabbing a cotton ball into dry baby powder then onto the top inch of the outworld rim works soooo much better. They cant cross it now. Also, applying it thick only increases chances of them escaping because there is more to get a foot hold on.
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