Hello! This is my first post on Formiculture. I've been wanting to join this website for quite some time now but I'm a lazy procrastinator so I kept putting it off. I'll probably make an introduction post later, but for now I have a question I'd like help with.
My ant colonies (four of them, a tiny Tetramorium immigrans colony with larvae, two Formica subsericea colonies with 4-6 workers each, and a founding Lasius neoniger queen) have been hibernating at ~10 degrees Celsius in a small refrigerator dedicated to them since around a week into November. Ignoring the fact that I'm fretting over whether or not I measured the temperature right, I'm unsure when I should be taking them out. Now, I would be confident in hibernating them from the start of November to the start of March, if I lived further south than I do; seriously, y'all must be living in tropical paradises if the winter ants are flying in February. I live in Canada, and last year, there weren't even any signs of wild ants around until mid-April, so I thought maybe my ants would need to hibernate longer than most. I was thinking of bringing them out on the first day of Spring, but I'm worried that going for so long without food will be bad for their health.
So basically, my question is: should I wait until March 20th as I planned, or would that be too long and I should bring them out now? Or should they be hibernating for even longer than that, by chance? This is the first time I've hibernated ants, really; I'm really worried I'm not doing it right.