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Freezing wild insects to sterilize them for food

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#1 Offline AntsMAN - Posted June 23 2015 - 12:22 PM

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Will freezing wild insects sterilize them well enough for to feed my ants.


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Camponotus herculeanus x1

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Lasius americanus x1  (Lasius alienus)

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#2 Offline Crystals - Posted June 23 2015 - 12:49 PM

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As long as they didn't come into contact with pesticides and were frozen for at least 15min.  Then I do not see a problem, and have done this many times.


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#3 Offline AntsMAN - Posted June 23 2015 - 1:06 PM

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Ok, thank you. I think i'm going to make a live fly trap, catch and freeze them.


Current queens/colonies

Camponotus novaeboracensis x2

Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2

Camponotus herculeanus x1

Formica sp. x1

Lasius americanus x1  (Lasius alienus)

Lasius neoniger x1

Crematogastor cerasi x1

Myrmica sp. x1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#4 Offline AntsMAN - Posted June 26 2015 - 4:54 AM

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The trap worked great, I caught a few dozen Lucilia sericata to freeze. I aslo started a Lucilia sericata culture from the larve in the trap they grow very fast.

 

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Current queens/colonies

Camponotus novaeboracensis x2

Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2

Camponotus herculeanus x1

Formica sp. x1

Lasius americanus x1  (Lasius alienus)

Lasius neoniger x1

Crematogastor cerasi x1

Myrmica sp. x1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#5 Offline Alza - Posted June 26 2015 - 8:32 AM

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I suggest three hours of freezing, due to some mites surviving longer then others, and 15 minutes in my experience has only slowed down their movement, but who knows, it might work for you c:



#6 Offline BugFinder - Posted June 26 2015 - 8:34 AM

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Can I purchase that kind of fly trap?


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#7 Offline William. T - Posted June 26 2015 - 8:45 AM

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Just make one. Put your bait in a jar, cover it up with plastic wrap, rubber band the wrap on, and make some holes for the files. They will go in but not out. They works for fruit flies.


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1 Lasius cf. Neoniger 30 workers

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#8 Offline Herdo - Posted June 26 2015 - 9:00 AM

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Can I purchase that kind of fly trap?

 

That is a "Rid-Max Fly Trap"

 

And he pulled that image off the internet


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