Ant problem

Ant problem

Postby Ruan Stander » Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:05 pm

I use eucalyptus mulch and bark chip as substrate, and have noticed ants around the enclosure for a couple of weeks now. Today I noticed a trail of them in the one enclosure and followed it to discover larvae (I think that's what they were, possibly eggs) and hundreds of ants under a few large bark chips.

Any advice on getting rid of them without harming the snakes ?
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Re: Ant problem

Postby Mr Venom » Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:47 am

I've seen baby powder in lines around the cages do the trick before. I also had ant problems quite a few times. Hope you come right bud.
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Re: Ant problem

Postby Primogen » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:43 am

Clean out the whole tank, they should not come back after that.
You can also keep an ant trap in the room, they work pretty well.
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Re: Ant problem

Postby Ruan Stander » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:25 am

Thanks for the suggestions. Yes I've also seen the baby powder and it does work, however they are already inside the enclosures, so I'll give the traps a shot.

You know, actually the ants don't bother me, and I leave them alone. The reason I want them out is in fear of them worrying or harming the snakes. Will they attack a live snake ? If they pose no possible threats I wouldn't mind letting them stay.
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Re: Ant problem

Postby Primogen » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:32 am

Just remember if you use traps, any dead ants are more than likely poisoned and sometimes end up in the snakes water, that water must replaced immediately.

I also don't mind the ants but they tend to attack hatchling snakes and thats why I have resorted to traps now, lost a little corn snake to them.
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Re: Ant problem

Postby Ruan Stander » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:39 am

Useful tip, thank you.
Yes I also thought they would more likely attack hatchlings and neonates.
So you just stick the traps in the room, not the enclosure ?
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Re: Ant problem

Postby Westley Price » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:40 am

I also say clean out the enclosure completely. If they have laid eggs in your substrate, you are going to have a hard time controlling them without replacing the substrate. Even placing an ant trap will likely not work and like Primogen said, you risk poisoning your snakes.

The baby powder works well and also keep a spray bottle handy with 50:50 white vinegar and water. Spray this on the floor around your enclosures. This drives ants away like a charm. Smells a bit strong for a minute or two, but works well.
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Re: Ant problem

Postby Ruan Stander » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:46 am

Will give it a try. Thank you all.
Westley, do you foresee any problems using that mixture in the enclosures themselves ?
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Re: Ant problem

Postby Westley Price » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:57 am

Well it probably wont do any harm, but it would certainly make life very uncomfortable for the snakes.

If you can remove the snakes for a hour or so after treatment, you should not have problems I recon.
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Re: Ant problem

Postby Ruan Stander » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:07 pm

Yup, that's what I was going for. Thanks again.
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Re: Ant problem

Postby Bushviper » Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:23 am

Dependent on what type of ants I would eradicate them quickly. I have had ants kill geckos in the past so them possibly taking bites out of my snakes I would rather want to live without. Remove the substrate and bake it in an oven. Use ant traps and powder to make sure they dont come back. The chinese chalk around and behind the cages should also work to keep them at bay.
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