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Is Vaseline a Good Ant Barrier?

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#21 Offline Clint - Posted August 6 2018 - 1:49 PM

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Will any baby powder do?

 

This is something I was wondering. Most baby powder sold around me that I've seen isn't made of talcum powder; it's made of corn starch. Being organic, I would think it could promote bacterial or fungal growth, but I don't actually know one way or another. Is corn starch ok as well? Does it depend on the humidity maintained in the formicarium/out world that it's used in? I made sure to buy talcum powder because it's what I've seen recommended, but I haven't seen anyone mention anything about corn starch.

 

 

I was also wondering about if Corn Starch would work in lieu of Talc.  I do not have a big enough colony to test it myself.



#22 Offline Ender Ants - Posted August 7 2018 - 9:06 AM

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Will any baby powder do?

 

This is something I was wondering. Most baby powder sold around me that I've seen isn't made of talcum powder; it's made of corn starch. Being organic, I would think it could promote bacterial or fungal growth, but I don't actually know one way or another. Is corn starch ok as well? Does it depend on the humidity maintained in the formicarium/out world that it's used in? I made sure to buy talcum powder because it's what I've seen recommended, but I haven't seen anyone mention anything about corn starch.

 

 

I was also wondering about if Corn Starch would work in lieu of Talc.  I do not have a big enough colony to test it myself.

 

Never heard of anyone using corn starch before. Try olive oil, since I've heard that that is another barrier that you can try using. Although I don't think it would work on long legged ants, like Camponotus.


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