Ways to keep ants out of enclosure
Posted 23 May 2011 - 04:38 AM
I have an outdoor enclosure for my box turtles and was wondering how to keep fire ants out of the enclosure? I treat outside the enclosure usually once a week to keep them from coming in but I was wondering how everyone else kept them out and if there was a cheaper/easier way of doing so? All suggestions welcome.
Posted 24 May 2011 - 09:42 PM
Ants - use boiling water to kill the nest. If you use a poison, you will need to remove the turtles for at least a month to ensure that there is no more active poison - I have a tortoise with a neurological problem due to what I think was exposure to a poison.
You could try to surround the ant hill with a moat of water - they won't want to cross, though the turtles might.
Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:23 PM
Posted 05 June 2011 - 09:25 AM
Posted 14 July 2011 - 03:33 PM
And here is what I do.
I use boiling water on the ants that nest inside the turtle pens,
and I use Amdro Ant Block, Ant Bait around the perimeter (outside)of the turlte pens.
I like the Ant Bait because it attracts and kills 14 deferent species of ants.
But here is something interesting that I have observed.
Not all ants are bad for the box turtles.
In my yard there are at least 6 differnt types of ants.
And I have found that 2 species of them get along quite well with the turtles.
One is a very tiny red ant and the other is a larger fast moving black ant.
I have watched these 2 species of ants clean up after feeding time and even clean the
turtles after a measy meal. I have seen my turltes actualy fully extnend their necks and
limbs and allow these ants to swarm them and completely remove all traces of food from my
box turltes. Once the food is gone, the ants disapear.
These ants also seem very terratorial and have kept all the fireants and
the other ant away from the turlte pens.
So now a days I still kills ants on the rest of my property but only
"control" (keep there numbers low) the friendly non stinging ones.
But the fireants receive no mercy.
Edited by Roger3, 14 July 2011 - 03:35 PM.
Posted 15 July 2011 - 08:39 PM
Posted 16 July 2011 - 03:24 PM
Of course I still have to keep an eye on it and clean up any mess made that falls outside the base.. but it works well to leave out for an hour or two without attracting 10,000 ants to the enclosure!!
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