47008
49256

Ant Keeping

Home/car maintenance, renos, gardening, DIY, farming, creative endeavours.

Ant Keeping

Postby dennisle » May 10th, 2017, 11:40 am

Hi guys!

I'm just curious as to if anyone in the Okanagan keeps ants?

I've just started creating my own formicariums, and would love to see if there is any interest as to whether people like em or not?
Ant keeping is a fun and educational hobby, great for both kids and adults. It is truly a rewarding experience.

Image

I'm still playing around with the design, switching to smaller magnets, instead of the big ceramic ones.

Hope to hear from you guys!

2 people like this post.
dennisle
 
Posts: 3
Likes: 0 post
Liked in: 4 posts
Joined: Oct 14th, 2014, 11:12 am

Re: Ant Keeping

Postby vegas1500 » May 10th, 2017, 8:29 pm

*removed*
Last edited by ferri on May 11th, 2017, 12:28 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: off topic

2 people like this post.
User avatar
vegas1500
Generalissimo Postalot
 
Posts: 838
Likes: 2471 posts
Liked in: 1026 posts
Joined: Aug 4th, 2013, 5:53 pm

Re: Ant Keeping

Postby lightspeed » May 11th, 2017, 12:00 pm

*removed*
Last edited by ferri on May 11th, 2017, 12:28 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: off topic
"Why does everyone in Kelowna act like they're in Hollywood"

A hermit; a recluse; one of the Okanagan "hill people"
User avatar
lightspeed
Grand Pooh-bah
 
Posts: 2533
Likes: 4012 posts
Liked in: 1977 posts
Joined: Jan 13th, 2016, 9:58 am
Location: Vulgaria

Re: Ant Keeping

Postby What_the » May 11th, 2017, 1:29 pm

That's really cool! I've heard of ant farms but never seemed so grand as that. Are they much work in the sense like a fish tank? Cleaning tanks and filters etc.

How do you feed them ?
Would so rather be over educated that a knuckle dragging Neanderthal bereft of critical thought and imagination. Although in the case of Neanderthals, that's quite the insult.

Ken7 likes this post.
User avatar
What_the
Übergod
 
Posts: 1413
Likes: 312 posts
Liked in: 623 posts
Joined: Feb 18th, 2017, 1:24 pm

Re: Ant Keeping

Postby dennisle » May 12th, 2017, 9:02 am

To feed them, all you do is give them some insects, honey/ sugar water. All I do is drop em in there. For the honey I just smear a bit somewhere for them to get. For cleaning, just a wipe on the sides of the glass and container is fine, removing old food sometimes so it doesn't mold. The ant's really maintain themselves a lot, as they are a very socially sophisticated insect.

As for the two gentlemen that love to kill em, I wouldn't want a nest in my home either :biggrin: , I may have used Raid here and there.

2 people like this post.
dennisle
 
Posts: 3
Likes: 0 post
Liked in: 4 posts
Joined: Oct 14th, 2014, 11:12 am

Re: Ant Keeping

Postby Catsumi » Aug 12th, 2017, 7:45 pm

Commendable! Good on you to have quiet (non-barking, yowling) pets. No plastic bags needed for poop pickup, no fenced parks, no licenses to purchase annually. (Oops, bylaws may catch on, sorry)
nothing wrong with being open minded as long as your brains don't fall out.

Ken7 likes this post.
User avatar
Catsumi
Generalissimo Postalot
 
Posts: 927
Likes: 1357 posts
Liked in: 820 posts
Joined: May 24th, 2017, 7:26 pm

Re: Ant Keeping

Postby Poindexter » Sep 6th, 2017, 9:51 am

Turned out we were keeping ants last winter as well. We'd see the odd one or two in the basement so didn't think much of it until we pulled the beer fridge away from the wall. Had an entire colony huddled under the fridge compressor for warmth right on the bare cement. Poor little buggers almost made it to spring but not quite as a massacre quickly ensued.

2 people like this post.
User avatar
Poindexter
Lord of the Board
 
Posts: 4981
Likes: 2886 posts
Liked in: 3424 posts
Joined: May 26th, 2008, 10:44 am

Re: Ant Keeping

Postby RustyCrayon » Sep 24th, 2017, 1:24 pm

I am not at all interested in ant keeping.
They are trying to get in now that the weather is changing. Came home a few days ago to find a 20 foot long trail of odorous house ants going from the cedar hedge, across the driveway and to the house. Thousands of them marching along...
I have been battling them with sprays and bait. What a pain in the _ _ _ ! :swear:
User avatar
RustyCrayon
Fledgling
 
Posts: 182
Likes: 218 posts
Liked in: 207 posts
Joined: Jan 27th, 2014, 2:04 pm

Re: Ant Keeping

Postby Lore » Sep 24th, 2017, 4:08 pm

RustyCrayon wrote:I am not at all interested in ant keeping.
They are trying to get in now that the weather is changing. Came home a few days ago to find a 20 foot long trail of odorous house ants going from the cedar hedge, across the driveway and to the house. Thousands of them marching along...
I have been battling them with sprays and bait. What a pain in the _ _ _ ! :swear:

Did you try the boric acid/icing sugar?
Or did you and it did not work?
Lore
Übergod
 
Posts: 1097
Likes: 396 posts
Liked in: 161 posts
Joined: Jul 22nd, 2006, 12:41 pm

Re: Ant Keeping

Postby Catsumi » Sep 24th, 2017, 5:34 pm

RustyCrayon wrote:I am not at all interested in ant keeping.
They are trying to get in now that the weather is changing. Came home a few days ago to find a 20 foot long trail of odorous house ants going from the cedar hedge, across the driveway and to the house. Thousands of them marching along...
I have been battling them with sprays and bait. What a pain in the _ _ _ ! :swear:



My Avatar, the dear little black and white creature on left side of screen, informs me that ants make a terrific sidedish with chilli, and best eaten with a brisk washdown of a Californian Red, not too tart, but just a hint of tanin on the upper palate.

Also a couple of ants, dipped in chocolate, makes a lovely dessert item at the end of a heavier repast.

:biggrin:
nothing wrong with being open minded as long as your brains don't fall out.
User avatar
Catsumi
Generalissimo Postalot
 
Posts: 927
Likes: 1357 posts
Liked in: 820 posts
Joined: May 24th, 2017, 7:26 pm

Re: Ant Keeping

Postby Bman » Sep 24th, 2017, 7:54 pm

Lore wrote:
RustyCrayon wrote:I am not at all interested in ant keeping.
They are trying to get in now that the weather is changing. Came home a few days ago to find a 20 foot long trail of odorous house ants going from the cedar hedge, across the driveway and to the house. Thousands of them marching along...
I have been battling them with sprays and bait. What a pain in the _ _ _ ! :swear:

Did you try the boric acid/icing sugar?
Or did you and it did not work?

Dissolve the boric acid in water first then mix it with some jelly.
Most ants won't eat the granular acid or carry it back to the nest.
Works way better.
Is the world getting stupider, or is it just getting easier for stupid people to have their thoughts heard?

2 people like this post.
User avatar
Bman
Mindquad
 
Posts: 27655
Likes: 11144 posts
Liked in: 8712 posts
Joined: Mar 1st, 2008, 10:05 am
Location: Surrey-By-The-Lake

Re: Ant Keeping

Postby Ken7 » Dec 11th, 2017, 6:41 pm

dennisle wrote:To feed them, all you do is give them some insects, honey/ sugar water. All I do is drop em in there. For the honey I just smear a bit somewhere for them to get. For cleaning, just a wipe on the sides of the glass and container is fine, removing old food sometimes so it doesn't mold. The ant's really maintain themselves a lot, as they are a very socially sophisticated insect.

As for the two gentlemen that love to kill em, I wouldn't want a nest in my home either :biggrin: , I may have used Raid here and there.


I had some ants attack a wall in a garage. Likely carpenter ants I must ask is there a odor with these ants? The smell in the wall was amazing, smelt like Limburger cheese, strong and sour odor.
Ken7
Guru
 
Posts: 6086
Likes: 3236 posts
Liked in: 2141 posts
Joined: Sep 30th, 2007, 3:09 pm

Re: Ant Keeping

Postby RustyCrayon » Dec 26th, 2017, 10:23 am

Ken7 wrote:I had some ants attack a wall in a garage. Likely carpenter ants I must ask is there a odor with these ants? The smell in the wall was amazing, smelt like Limburger cheese, strong and sour odor.


I'm battling odorous house ants right now. They definitely have a smell when you startle or crush them. Smells like a musty rotten coconut or sour decomposing pine.
User avatar
RustyCrayon
Fledgling
 
Posts: 182
Likes: 218 posts
Liked in: 207 posts
Joined: Jan 27th, 2014, 2:04 pm

Re: Ant Keeping

Postby Queen K » Dec 26th, 2017, 10:43 am

:132: pretty sure this is the ant "keeping" thread, not ant "killing". Or else Vegas1500's comment has to be put back. :130:
If you have castanet friends on your facebook friend list, set your privacy setting on the friend list as "Only me." Just call, "Nagging Internet Wife" for all your problem nemesis'.
User avatar
Queen K
Queen of the Castle
 
Posts: 50086
Likes: 10108 posts
Liked in: 10797 posts
Joined: Jan 31st, 2007, 11:39 am
Location: What? You mean here?

Re: Ant Keeping

Postby Sige » Dec 26th, 2017, 10:51 am

That's pretty cool - I don't think I know anyone who's kept ants before. What purpose are the magnets?
Non illegitimi carborundum est.
User avatar
Sige
Generalissimo Postalot
 
Posts: 864
Likes: 1065 posts
Liked in: 579 posts
Joined: Feb 2nd, 2006, 11:45 am
Location: Over here!

Next

Return to Creative Endeavours

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest