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#1 Offline JenC - Posted January 19 2019 - 8:33 PM

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What is a good and cheap heating pad for ants?


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#2 Offline CoolColJ - Posted January 20 2019 - 4:20 AM

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the plastic cheapies from Ebay work well enough
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#3 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 20 2019 - 9:57 AM

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I use a reptile heating cable available at most pet stores. Its usually not too expensive.

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#4 Offline CampoKing - Posted January 20 2019 - 10:21 AM

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Is it ok to heat ants from the sides or above?  I've read they get stressed out being warmed from below (the opposite of what they naturally expect)



#5 Offline CoolColJ - Posted January 20 2019 - 11:01 PM

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Is it ok to heat ants from the sides or above?  I've read they get stressed out being warmed from below (the opposite of what they naturally expect)


Haven't had any issues heating from any side

sticking a heat mat/cable on the lid of a box works well

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#6 Offline Jean - Posted January 21 2019 - 3:38 PM

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Is it ok to heat ants from the sides or above?  I've read they get stressed out being warmed from below (the opposite of what they naturally expect)

I've been heating mine from below due to ignorance, but will use the pad on the side. I had not heard this. I must have indestructible ants since I've made multiple mistakes and they multiply like bunnies. 



#7 Offline FSTP - Posted January 21 2019 - 4:56 PM

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I recommend getting a thermostat controller I've been having good results with this one https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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#8 Offline nurbs - Posted January 21 2019 - 10:58 PM

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Exact same one I use, works well.

 

I recommend getting a thermostat controller I've been having good results with this one https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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#9 Offline Shifty189 - Posted January 29 2019 - 6:38 PM

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I use this one I only heat them by running the cable along the side of the nest. Honestly, I think I should run it over or under instead, but only because it's obvious the would like more heat.

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https://www.amazon.c...NZ2WNQGH4517XPF



#10 Offline CoolColJ - Posted January 29 2019 - 6:57 PM

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I use this one I only heat them by running the cable along the side of the nest. Honestly, I think I should run it over or under instead, but only because it's obvious the would like more heat.

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https://www.amazon.c...NZ2WNQGH4517XPF

 

Would also increase condensation....

 

just keep it away from the water


Edited by CoolColJ, January 29 2019 - 6:58 PM.

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