Garbage in formicarium
Offline - Posted July 10 2018 - 12:57 PM
When colony grows will they clean it out on their own?
What to do...
Offline - Posted July 10 2018 - 1:53 PM
Young colonies should only be placed in:
• Test tube setups
• Starter formicariums
No other options work as well as these two.
Anyways, once the colony grows it may be more tidy around the nest (as it will need the extra space). But, you’ll need to take steps to either clean out the dirty corners regularly, move them out into a new—but smaller—formicarium, or just make sure that no mold grows and you should be alright.
• 1 Camponotus castaneus
• 1 Formica incerta
• 2 Formica subsericea
• 1 Unknown Formica
• 1 Tetramorium immigrans
• 2 Crematogaster cf. ashmeadi
• 1 Crematogaster missouriensis
• 3 Pheidole bicarinata
Offline - Posted July 10 2018 - 3:25 PM
These ants are adept at removing garbage stored in the nest when they're ready to do so, as long as the nest is kept relatively dry so that any organic material does not mold. You should only intervene if the garbage problem is increasing worker mortality, which is usually not the case.
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