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Finding Termite Feeders

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#1 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted October 30 2017 - 10:18 AM

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I have been hearing from some people that termites are great for increasing brood production. How do you find their nests, and go by collecting and harvesting, and eventually feeding them? Any help would be appreciated!

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#2 Offline Derpy - Posted October 30 2017 - 11:07 AM

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Go to wooded areas and flip over logs. Then use an aspirator to collect them, if u don't want to use your hands. This works for me. Good Luck

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#3 Offline Salmon - Posted October 30 2017 - 12:35 PM

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Best way to collect large numbers is to drill some holes in a PVC pipe, fill it with cardboard and bury it in the ground where you know there are termites. The termites will set up shop inside the tube and you'll be able to collect thousands of them easily. Maybe put them in a bin with some moist soil, wood and cardboard for long- term storage and possibly starting a colony to feed from (since some nymphs will eventually turn into secondary reproductives).


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#4 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted October 30 2017 - 1:06 PM

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If I were you, I would only feed workers and large nymph termites to ants. Don't feed dealates, because you could keep them.


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#5 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted October 30 2017 - 1:59 PM

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Thanks for all the help! For the PVC pipe, what would I look for to find termite nests in ground?

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#6 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted October 30 2017 - 3:03 PM

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Lots of leaf litter and rotten logs. The native subterranean termite has massive, branching nests, and normally spread nearly everywhere along the forest ground.


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