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#1 Offline Foogoo - Posted April 3 2015 - 8:21 PM

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Didn't realize how valuable they are until I tried chasing down a bunch of tiny, possibly Technomyrmex, today. What does yours look like? Battery or human powered?


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#2 Offline Miles - Posted April 3 2015 - 8:22 PM

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Didn't realize how valuable they are until I tried chasing down a bunch of tiny, possibly Technomyrmex, today. What does yours look like? Battery or human powered?

Human powered. The standard BioQuip version sold through Tar Heel Ants. I have two, and use filters with them. Indispensable - I don't know how I went without them for years.


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#3 Offline Foogoo - Posted April 3 2015 - 8:33 PM

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I'm not seeing it on the THA website, maybe they're OOS. Is it one of these?

http://www.bioquip.c...2700&prodtype=1


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#4 Offline Miles - Posted April 3 2015 - 9:21 PM

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I'm not seeing it on the THA website, maybe they're OOS. Is it one of these?

http://www.bioquip.c...2700&prodtype=1

Yes, this one.


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#5 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted April 3 2015 - 9:53 PM

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I have the bioquip version. They work great, just beware of the mesh. My mesh fell apart (mainly my fault) and I only fixed it today. Other than that, they work great!



#6 Offline Crystals - Posted April 4 2015 - 7:02 AM

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I use a homemade version made out of a 32 ounce deli container.  Since most ants around here use formic acid, I use a small dust buster for suction.


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#7 Offline Foogoo - Posted April 4 2015 - 7:41 AM

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I use a homemade version made out of a 32 ounce deli container.  Since most ants around here use formic acid, I use a small dust buster for suction.

 

Do you have any pictures? 32oz sounds like a convenient size.


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#8 Offline dspdrew - Posted April 4 2015 - 1:09 PM

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Here's the latest one I'm using. I made this out of one of the medium-sized containers that I use for collecting.
 
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#9 Offline dspdrew - Posted April 4 2015 - 1:27 PM

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Of course, you could always go with this one for some extreme ant collecting.
 

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#10 Offline drtrmiller - Posted April 4 2015 - 1:37 PM

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Mine is almost exactly like Drew's, but I have the silicone tubing leading to a handheld vacuum.


 
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#11 Offline dspdrew - Posted April 4 2015 - 1:39 PM

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Is the tube long enough to make it all the way out the kitchen window?


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#12 Offline Foogoo - Posted April 4 2015 - 4:45 PM

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Of course, you could always go with this one for some extreme ant collecting.

 

Just make sure it's not on reverse!

 

Where did you get the screen? Have you tried it with larger containers?


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#13 Offline dspdrew - Posted April 4 2015 - 5:07 PM

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I get my mesh from Amazon or Ebay. I think the larger the container, the less affective it will be because of the volume of air.


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#14 Offline BugFinder - Posted April 4 2015 - 6:15 PM

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Have any of you used an aspirator bulb?  Are they effective for collecting ants, or do they not create enough suction?


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