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#1 Offline futurebird - Posted August 21 2021 - 2:06 PM

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What items do you keep handy for "ant emergencies" (and what emergencies is it best to be prepared for)

 

Here is my list:

 

  1. asperator: Catching ants without hurting them is hard. What will you do if they escape? If the nest is knocked over? I'm so glad I got one early. 
  2. Extra nests in a few relevant sizes. Normally you should end up with some extras as you learn to make and buy nests, but if one of your nests is damaged or compromised it's nice to be able to move the colony to a new clean nest without much fuss. 
  3. Long tweezers. Great for fetching items out of the nest with minimal fuss
  4. shelf safe ant food alternatives. insects are best... but having some foods you know your ants enjoy that will keep under any conditions is wise. 
  5. Paint brush. A gentle way to move ants and brood. Also useful for cleaning.

What else?

 


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#2 Offline m99 - Posted August 21 2021 - 2:15 PM

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I was just thinking of starting a thread similar to this a few days ago, sort of a "show off your non-formicarium supplies."

 

For us noobs it's easy to find out what the formicarium options are, but all the other "gear" of antkeeping is so personalized, I'm really curious to know what people use. I'm sure there's all sorts of tools and handy little techniques that I'll never know about because people don't think to talk about them.

 

RE: The original question, so far in my very brief experience I would definitely put tweezers at number one, they've made it all so much easier to feed and manage the test tubes. I also have an aspirator but thankfully haven't needed to use it yet, but feel safer knowing I've got the option!


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#3 Online ANTdrew - Posted August 21 2021 - 3:04 PM

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My goose feather is the tool I use the most day-to-day.
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#4 Offline futurebird - Posted August 21 2021 - 3:07 PM

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what is a goose feather tool.


Starting this July I'm posting videos of my ants every week on youTube.

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#5 Online ANTdrew - Posted August 21 2021 - 3:11 PM

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Just a legit feather I use to brush ants off of crap I need to refill. I use it to corral escapees as well. Goose feathers are stiffer than other feathers and a lot bigger.
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#6 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted August 23 2021 - 7:20 PM

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I use wild turkey feathers, myself. 

Also:

Firm and soft grip forceps

aspirator and spare receptacle bottle

cotton

Fluon

test tubes

Extra rubber plugs (for formicaria ports)

Granny Smith apples

Baked mealworms


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#7 Offline rptraut - Posted November 24 2021 - 11:03 PM

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Pipettes and water
Small spray bottle with water
Vaseline, vinegar, baby powder
Cotton swabs
Granulated sugar, fish flakes and pellets
Frozen turkey, chicken, liver, flies, earwigs etc
Magnifying glass
Pill bottles (great for catching queens)
Small rechargeable vacuum cleaner
A very understanding spouse (the most important accessory)
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#8 Offline rptraut - Posted November 26 2021 - 10:07 PM

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Notebook & pen
Flashlight
Camera
Microscope
Masking tape, cellophane tape, labels
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#9 Offline SYUTEO - Posted November 27 2021 - 7:22 AM

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Wait, why does the title say 'Ant Emercencies'?


Antkeeping since 2018   :)

 

My current list:

Camponotus parius x1, Camponotus irritans x1, Meranoplus bicolor x1, Lepisiota rothneyi x1,  Anochetus sp x1, Monomorium monomorium x1, Tetramorium cf lanuginosum x1, Odontomachus simillimus x2, Iridomyrmex anceps x1, Crematogaster sp x1, Solenopsis geminata x2, Paratopula sp x1, Trichomyrmex destructor x1, Anochetus sp2 1, Camponotus albosparsus x1, Tetramorium cf bicarinatum x1, Unknown Ponerinae x1, Mesoponera rubra x2, Polyrhachis cf bicolor x1, Colobopsis sp x2

 

All ant journal: https://www.formicul...os-ant-journal/





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