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Camponotus Can't Get to Their OutWorld

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#1 Offline Tanks - Posted March 31 2023 - 4:34 PM

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I recently moved my small colony of Camponotus modoc to a mini hearth. Later I added a piece of cricket into their out world, but they weren't coming up. So I looked inside the nest portion and saw one worker trying to get to the out world but it kept falling and it did it a few more times then stopped. Is anyone having this problem with your mini hearth where the workers can't get to the out world portion?



#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 31 2023 - 4:41 PM

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You can remove the rubber tubing to give them a rougher surface to climb on. Yank it out with some needle nose pliers.
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#3 Offline Full_Frontal_Yeti - Posted April 1 2023 - 7:17 AM

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As ANTdrew says, the bit of vinyl tube can be pulled out to expose a potentially easier to grip surface.
However i have found that the pour material can set very smooth against the tube and leave a surface some ants still struggle to get grip on.

 

I have read some people sanding the material a little to make it rougher for the ants.

 

Some of my pogonomyrmex occidentalis had trouble getting out. I just put a broken off bbq skewer/toothpick down the hole and they use it.

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#4 Offline Tanks - Posted April 3 2023 - 4:41 PM

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You can remove the rubber tubing to give them a rougher surface to climb on. Yank it out with some needle nose pliers.

Thanks for the help, I did it and it worked well they now are foraging a lot.


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