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Alcohol to kill/prevent mold

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#1 Offline Jamiesname - Posted December 5 2017 - 6:28 PM


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I've got a couple formicariums from THA that have blue/black mold growing in the foraging area, so I decided to put a few drops of isopropyl alcohol of the affected areas. My ants are in hibernation inside their nest, I plugged their entrance and let the formicaiums sit in the fridge until I couldn't smell alcohol anymore. Today is the first day, so I'll update you on whether or not my ants survived the night with any trace amounts of alcohol in their nests.

Has anyone attempted this before, and did it kill off the mold?

#2 Offline StopSpazzing - Posted December 5 2017 - 9:54 PM


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Typical mold dies from lack of water or very acidic conditions. I would suggest removing the foraging area and cleaning it well before connecting it back next time. They will probably survive...

Edited by StopSpazzing, December 5 2017 - 9:56 PM.

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Have you been to the Ant Keeping Wiki?
Legality of shipping & transporting ants in US


It is illegal on a boat. It is illegal in your coat.
It is illegal in a plane, car, and train. Why must you be such a pain?
I do not care if it is in your hair. Do not put your queen ants there!

#3 Offline Hunter - Posted December 6 2017 - 5:15 AM


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if it happens when you have ants running around you can just put some salt on it wait a day or 2 and clean the area with water

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