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#1 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted February 26 2022 - 7:58 AM

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Well, I geuss my mom finally flipped out about me keeping ants in the house. At this point, I'm completley out of ideas (well besides the idea where I move my ants outside...altho I'm afraid my ants are going to get invaded by other species living in my back yard+I'm never going to convince my parents because when they make a decision, they stick to it). Any advice would be great :).


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Always try new things, even if its hard, hard is not impossible. We are smart and it's good to be smart but not too smart for your own good.


#2 Offline SolenopsisKeeper- - Posted February 26 2022 - 8:29 AM

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Ants outside should be fine as long as they don’t have any open lid. Maybe add mesh? You could keep them on a back porch if available.
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#3 Offline Manitobant - Posted February 26 2022 - 9:10 AM

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Do you have a garage? That usually works.
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#4 Offline ZTYguy - Posted February 26 2022 - 9:37 AM

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Garage or basement works. Or make your mom a PowerPoint presentation.
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#5 Online ANTdrew - Posted February 26 2022 - 10:22 AM

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Garage or basement works. Or make your mom a PowerPoint presentation.

A well planned, written presentation is a great idea. Also try to get on GAN and start bringing in some cash. That changed my wife’s tune; bet it would help with your folks, too.
A lot of kids your age are sitting around in their pjs all day smoking dope or worse. Your parents should thank their lucky stars you’re actually learning about the natural world. Keep your head up. Soon enough, you’ll be on your own making your own rules.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#6 Online ColAnt735 - Posted February 26 2022 - 2:16 PM

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I made a presentation to my parents about letting me keep ants and it convinced them.


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Keeping ants since 2020 

I keep:

Myrmicinae: Solenopsis molesta( 2 queens). Tetramorium immigrans ( 3 colonies with the biggest nearing 800 workers!),

Crematogaster cerasi  :yahoo:  ( 1 colony with a worker). Temnothorax  curvispinosus ( 1 queen with colony of 2 workers).

Formicinae: Prenolepis imparis ( 2 single queen colonies). Lasius brevicornis  :yahoo:( 19 founding queens) haven't seen many journals of them. Lasius Neoniger (a founding queen).Formica incerta( 1 colony with 22 workers)

 

Previously kept: Pogonomyrmex occidentalis   ( 1 colony with 9 workers). 

 

As you can tell I like ants


#7 Offline Zeiss - Posted February 26 2022 - 3:09 PM

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I made a powerpoint to get my snake and it worked.  

 

If all else fails, just keep your ants in like a box or something and put it under your bed.


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#8 Offline Leptomyrmx - Posted February 26 2022 - 3:30 PM

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Some far-fetched solutions:

-Cover every surface in your house with PTFE so it's like an ice rink for ants

-Train Colobopsis soldiers to patrol around your formicariums and stop ants from escaping

-Hypnotise your parents so they let you keep ants inside

-Create a hole in the space-time continuum and keep ants in there

-Make a rap out of every ant species ever discovered and impress them so much they would let you keep ants in a pantry

 

Not funnny? Hehe...

 

Some realistic solutions:

-Sell some queens and pay them, like ANTdrew recommended

-Powerpoint presentation

-A persuasive document (the longer the better)


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Colonies: Camponotus humilior 1w, Opisthopsis rufithorax 6w, Aphaenogaster longiceps ~5w, Pheidole sp. ~150w 8m, Iridomyrmex sp. 2q ~20w, Maybe Solenopsis or Monomorium 5w, Brachyponera lutea 6w

Queens: Myrmecia brevinoda :yahoo:, Polyrhachis australis

Previously Kept: Colobopsis gasseri, Technomyrmex sp., Rhytidoponera victorae, Nylanderia cf. rosae

Key: Q = Queen, W = Worker, M = Major 

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#9 Offline SleepyAsianAnter - Posted February 26 2022 - 5:40 PM

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If you need materials for your powerpoint you can pm me your email, I recall writing up a document to help a friend convince their parents when I was starting out, maybe 2-ish years ago. I'll share it with you.


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#10 Online ANTdrew - Posted February 26 2022 - 7:51 PM

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If you need materials for your powerpoint you can pm me your email, I recall writing up a document to help a friend convince their parents when I was starting out, maybe 2-ish years ago. I'll share it with you.

Same here. Send me the slides, and I’ll give em an old school English teacher proofread free of charge.

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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#11 Offline bmb1bee - Posted February 27 2022 - 10:05 AM

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There was an AntsCanada YouTube video on this actually, it was made back when his content used to be good quality material instead of clickbait. If it doesn't help, then I guess all the other ideas listed above will.

Link here: https://www.youtube....icU8ac30&t=230s


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Cardiocondyla mauritanica (5 queens 35+ workers and 7 queens 15+ workers)

Monomorium ergatogyna (4 queens 200+ workers and 1 queen 150+ workers plus alate pupae)

Tetramorium immigrans (1 queen 200+ workers)

Pogonomyrmex rugosus (1 queen 13 workers)

Camponotus us-ca02 (1 queen 3 workers)

Tapinoma sessile (1 queen 3 workers)

Prenolepis imparis (1 queen plus brood)

Liometopum occidentale (1 queen plus brood)


#12 Offline antgallery - Posted February 27 2022 - 12:30 PM

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I agree with ANTdrew. I started making money selling ants a couple years ago and I haven't heard a single complaint from my parents since.


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#13 Online ANTdrew - Posted February 27 2022 - 1:56 PM

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Money makes everything easier.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#14 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted February 27 2022 - 2:05 PM

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Well, for one thing I have no Idea how to sell ants, and another thing is that my parents are really really really (I mean like REALLY) paranoid about ants destroying the property and if they ever try to sell the house it'll be in bad shape. Convincing would be nice butttt, I put that Idea to the side already. Back to the selling ants thing, I'm not sure my parents would be okay with me selling ants (this is a guess because I don't know much about selling as I mentioned, so it could potentialy work). One major thing is the question of how I'm supposed to get an ant to somebody else once they purchase it? I also btw have never BOUGHT ants before either. Just thought of soething else, I'm going to have to keep the ants for a while in order to sell them right...(my mom probably wouldn't let me keep them for even a second, this is so complicated arghhhhh)? Springs coming just in time


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#15 Offline antgallery - Posted February 27 2022 - 4:29 PM

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Just explain that you have to keep them in order to sell them, kind of like a warehouse. Personally I will either meet up with the person I'm selling to or I will ship the colony to them if they are in my state and would rather have it shipped.


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#16 Offline SolenopsisKeeper- - Posted February 27 2022 - 4:34 PM

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I would use AC GAN, this website, Antkeeping discord(if possible), or sell to some comlanies(I do know there are companies that will buy newly caught queen ants and young ant colonies. EX. THA)

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#17 Offline SolenopsisKeeper- - Posted February 27 2022 - 4:40 PM

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Money makes everything easier.


That’s going in the quote book lol
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#18 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted February 27 2022 - 5:02 PM

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Just explain that you have to keep them in order to sell them, kind of like a warehouse. Personally I will either meet up with the person I'm selling to or I will ship the colony to them if they are in my state and would rather have it shipped.

Ummmm, how would I ship it to them? I Stupid lol  :lol:


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Always try new things, even if its hard, hard is not impossible. We are smart and it's good to be smart but not too smart for your own good.


#19 Offline SolenopsisKeeper- - Posted February 27 2022 - 6:32 PM

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Tar Heel ants handles that pretty sure. Will have to see
If you sell to other companies, they get permits for you.

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#20 Offline SolenopsisKeeper- - Posted February 27 2022 - 6:34 PM

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Here is THA link to where it says they are buying ants.
https://tarheelants....s-for-sale-page
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