Need to catch some ants to feed some Antlions.
Problem is how? The ants are about 50 feet away, but they are not
Next problem. After I catch them how do I get them to drop into the pit? If
I cool them down will they get slow? Like put them in a cooler for a while.
Al Before you ask, I'm sane:)
If fire ants will do, then it's easy.
1. Go out and find an ant hill (Not hard to do if you are in TX)
2. Disturb it a little with a stick - doesn't much. The ants rush to the
3. pick them up with a small shovel even a hand trowel. Pour them, dirt and
all in a fruit jar - keep the lid on the jar.
4. Use a strainer (tea strainer comes to mind), pour an amount of dirt - ant
combination into the strainer. Shake quickly to remove the dirt. Then pour
the ants into a clean fruit jar (put the lid on).
5. Repeat steps as needed.
Take soda pop bottles. Glass ones. Bury at a 45 degree angle with just the
lip sticking up. Put cherry Kool Aid in there about a quarter full. Ants
go in to drink, but can't get out.
Dump bottle and repeat as often as needed.
I was about to tell you until I forgot. As kid in South Florida; a
"doodlebug" lived in a sand mound, resembling an ant mound. It was
cool and shady places, like under a house.
Tickle the center hole in the mound with a twig and he would go deeper
and dig down a bit throwing the sand back out of the hole. The way to
catch him was to take a breath and blow the sand from the center hole
and expose the bug.
Looks very much like the larva in the link above.
Was it "I'll huff and puff and blow your house down" (close to the
"I don't have anything against work. I just figure, why deprive somebody who
really loves it."
I apologize for answering earlier, and not completely reading the whole
I'd put out some baits for the ants, and put them among the ant lion holes.
Ants seem to go crazy for chocolate squares, someone else might suggest
something better. Once they start going through there, the lions are going
to get some of them. I'd put the baits in the middle of the ant lion field.
Maybe use only one bait.
On a sheet of paper placed near the nest place a small dab of peanut
butter and another one of jelly. If the ants are attracted to it after
a while pick up the paper and funnel the ants on the paper into a jar.
Or drive to local pet store and buy the small sized crickets.
This reminds me of a story.
Seeing ants in his kitchen and deciding that he could just vacuum the little
pests away, he sucked them up, but while he was doing this he realized that
the once he had them all sucked up they were still going to be alive, so he
decided on the expedient method of gassing the little buggers. He opened
the gas valve on the stove and sucked some gas into the nozzle.
The vacuum cleaner exploded when the gas hit motor.
The worst part was that the ants survived the explosion.
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