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Hibernation without a refrigerator - California

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#1 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted September 30 2021 - 12:41 PM

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So I don't have any sort of fridge I could use for hibernating ants, and I doubt I would ever be able get my own mini fridge, so are there any ways I could hibernate ants? I'm not sure that my garage would ever get cool enough.


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#2 Offline ReignofRage - Posted September 30 2021 - 12:59 PM

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I would go on OfferUp and other secondhand sites and look for some cheap wine coolers, chances are you can find one for around $20 and it will be big enough for all the ants you have and then some.


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#3 Offline TestSubjectOne - Posted September 30 2021 - 3:30 PM

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What ants are you hibernating? Your Solenopsis xyloni, for example, don't need to hibernate. If your other ants were caught around the same area then they may not need it either or else could get away with a semi-hibernation.


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#4 Offline M_Ants - Posted September 30 2021 - 4:14 PM

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If these are all Sd ants then they just need a break from heat for the winter.


Edited by M_Ants, October 2 2021 - 2:22 PM.

Veromessor pergandei- 3 queens 50ish workers and brood

Veromessor andrei

Myrmecocystus testaceus

Crematogaster sp. 

C. baldies a.k.a bald fraggles a.k.a C. absquatulator

Hypoponera opaciceps

Brachymyrmex patagonicus

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#5 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 30 2021 - 6:26 PM

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If this are all Sd ants then they just need a break from heat for the winter.

Someplace sheltered outside may work, a shed for example.
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#6 Offline KadinB - Posted September 30 2021 - 7:25 PM

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A garage works great imo. That's what I use. If you have one.



#7 Offline yaboiseth - Posted October 1 2021 - 8:44 PM

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I got an emerson wine cooler off offerup for like 20 buck and only had to use it for one camponotus colony last year but it works perfectly. The lowest temp was 56 for mine



#8 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted October 2 2021 - 1:51 PM

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What ants are you hibernating? Your Solenopsis xyloni, for example, don't need to hibernate. If your other ants were caught around the same area then they may not need it either or else could get away with a semi-hibernation.

That queen was infertile, and I don't currently have any ants. I was asking in case I find a species next summer or purchase one online that will need hibernation.
 

Thanks for the help everyone. I'll have to talk to my parents about a wine cooler or just stick with species that don't need hibernation or can get away with a semi-hibernation.



#9 Offline Dumpling - Posted October 6 2021 - 9:02 AM

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What's semi-hibernation?



#10 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted October 6 2021 - 7:26 PM

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What's semi-hibernation?

I would assume a slight cool down to lower their metabolism and slow growth, but not enough for them to stop all activity.





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