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#1 Offline smares - Posted February 4 2018 - 12:09 AM

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Does anyone offer their ants salt? I know it can be a limiting nutrient for larger inland animals like deer and sheep. I saw a video recently where they were luring ants out with salt  at around 9 min they discuss bait. I thought it was interesting because I had never considered they would need or want salt but it makes sense. 



#2 Online drtrmiller - Posted February 4 2018 - 2:14 AM

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Electrolytes are an important nutrient for all animals. Ants that live in electrolyte poor areas away from saltwater sources, including ants kept in captivity, will be highly receptive to a low concentration of the salts sodium chloride and potassium chloride. Salt is one of three phagostimulatory ingredients found in Sunburst Ant Nectar, which I believe promotes receptivity, feeding response, and overall health.
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