Recently my pavement ants have started doing something I have not witnessed before.
I have a small acrylic disc with two dimples in it that I use as an additional water source (aside from the standard test tube full to the brim with water and plugged with a cotton ball at the end).
Usually the water on the disk is gone in 24 - 36 hours and the disk is left clean and smooth. Now everytime the disk is empty of water, there is a huge mess left on it.
This is what their Water Disk looks like after I clean it:
This is what the Disc looks like when I fill the two dimples up with Water And/Or Sugar Water.
I also add a few drops on either side as well so as to provide them with even more hydration
Here is another view of it after it is loaded up with Water and Sugar Water:
Sometime after 24 - 36 hour, they use to leave it spotless clean. Now they leave it looking like this:
Would you please help us with these questions:
- Does anyone know what is going on?
- Why they are doing this?
- Does this indicate any problems?
Thanks for any and all of your help and advise as my son and I are new to Ant Keeping.
Luke and Adam