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Ant Tools You Can't Live Without


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#1 Offline futurebird - Posted February 11 2024 - 6:06 AM

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What are your favorite essential ant tools?

 

I love the lids on my AntCube outworlds, I have extra lids that I use to capture escaped ants. This works great for one or two ants. If there are more than that I get the aspirator.

 

Aspirators are hard to find, but you can make one using metal straws and some tubing. 

 

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I bought this little ant cleaning tool on aliexpress years ago and use it everyday to remove trash, I use a paint brush with it like a broom. 

 

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https://www.aliexpre...2657694015.html

 

 

So my tools list is:

 

  • extra lids and notecard
  • aspirator
  • paint brush (great for cleaning and moving ants)
  • water dropper
  • long tweezers (for feeding dubias)
  • mini dustbin
  • small sponge on a stick

When I first started keeping ants I bought these "soft tweezers" but I have never been able to use them properly. Ants are too strong, and if you grip them hard enough to pick them up you'll hurt them. I thought I'd use the soft tweezers all the time, but they just gather dust. I'd rather use a notecard and lid, or just use my hand. Ants happily climb on my hands and I've perfected a shake that drops them off in their nest without hurting them. 

 

What tools do you use MOST with your ants? What tool turned out to be a dud?

 

 


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#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted February 11 2024 - 8:42 AM

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

#3 Offline Manitobant - Posted February 11 2024 - 2:02 PM

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I’d say my favourite ant tool is a rechargeable keyboard vacuum. You can use it for collecting wild colonies and brood, cleaning up garbage in the outworld, transferring especially stubborn colonies that refuse to move otherwise and a multitude of other things.


Here is the one i use if anyone is interested: https://www.amazon.c...aps,112&sr=8-17
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#4 Offline cutchins - Posted February 11 2024 - 2:19 PM

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The mini dustbin is cool! I've been using a plastic soup spoon in a similar but way less efficient way. I'll prob grab a paintbrush and one of those in the near future.



#5 Offline AsdinAnts - Posted February 11 2024 - 3:26 PM

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I’d say my favourite ant tool is a rechargeable keyboard vacuum. You can use it for collecting wild colonies and brood, cleaning up garbage in the outworld, transferring especially stubborn colonies that refuse to move otherwise and a multitude of other things.


Here is the one i use if anyone is interested: https://www.amazon.c...aps,112&sr=8-17

I have one like those, but yk how vacuums need to blow out air in order to suck in? The ants I were trying to collect were small enough to go through the holes and went all over my face 🥲

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#6 Offline Mushu - Posted February 13 2024 - 4:41 AM

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A stiff goose feather.

 

is it for picking up ants instead of using a soft paintbrush?

 

 

I also have one of those small handheld vacuums however I ended up putting sand in my outworld so I just use an aspirator with a fuel hand pump so I don't need to use my mouth. It works well to mostly pick up light trash without picking up much sand.  

 

The soft tweezers would come in handy for Honeypot ant repletes, but I've never really used them. In fact I use them over regular tweezers instead since it's already out to pick up some random trash like dubia roach shells that may be large enough that  I don't want to risk it getting stuck in the aspirator.

 

 

For me probably hand held LED magnifying glass, makes it easier to observe the ants close up.






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