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So this morning I woke and went to feed my frogs and noticed a lot of black ants in my tank... ERGGH!! so disgusted.. I tried to searches on the board but nothing is coming up... so I am posting this for help..

where can I find co2 locally?? will this method work 100%?
Do i have to take my frogs out? and how long do I have to wait to put them back in?

Will the co2 kill my plants?

Someone please help... I want them OUT ASAP!!! :eek:
 

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A friend of mine just lost a gorgeous pair of breeding escudo due to the same type of ants. Pull the frogs immediately.
 

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setting up a container now... thanks MD Frogger
 

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found a local place that carries dry ice.. 5lbs for $7 heading to pick some up now... errgghh not the Sat morning I was expecting :(
 

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Pull the frogs! I think maybe you could "bait" the ants out of the viv with something they like to eat, then kill them at leisure to avoid bombing the viv with co2.
 

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What type of frogs?

I found ants in my azureus tank a couple months ago. I wiped up all the ants around the tank and just left the ones that were already in there. The azureus took care of the remaining ants.

*caution: this can also be somewhat risky depending on what type of frog and how long the ants have been swarming. If you choose this route monitor it closely.
 

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Lecus.... I did pull the frogs and they are in their little tub... I placed a few pieces of the dry ice in 3 plastic ff containers and added the hot water... and the fog began... how long do i have to wait until i can place the frogs back in the tank??
 

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SO.... after treating the tank with dry ice and waiting a few hours and later the ants are back!!!! WTH!!!! are you serious?? looks like they are behind the cork panels on that are in the tank? Anyone have any ideas or suggestions please??

AURGH!!

Not going to put the frogs back in the tank until I have this under control....

I also bought home defense spray and gel bait from around the house.
 

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I remember reading somewhere on the board that ant spray was alright if you have frogs but Ant bait was not. I remember in the same thread that some one said the best way to get rid of ants is to find where they are coming into the room and use the ant spray as a barrier.
 

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Would lemon juice be ok to use?
Ants follow chemical trails... Lemon juice Interrupts it.
If they are not colonized inside the tank then this would cause a temporary border if you circled the outside of the tank.
 

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Rosemary and thyme oil will kill ants and deter them from coming in your tank. I spread it on my tank stand and on the baseboards in my house.
 

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Well….after the battling with the ants I lost, they kept coming back. I ended up removing the frogs and breaking down my tank. L Once I got my tank outside in the sunlight I could see clearly that they were making an ant farm in the back of the cork board. Why were the ants attracted to my tank?? Nothing sweet? Just curious…

· I ended up ripping off all the cork and soaking it in hot soapy water (reusing)
· Took all my plants out and washed them off with warm water (reusing)
· Shop vacuumed all the dirt out of the tank and washing my hydro balls

Now I am stuck with a bare 65g tank L which is okay… but as long as I am rid of the ants!! Thank you everyone who helped me!! I am definitely investing in the rosemary and thyme oil!! Thank you Earthfrog!! J Cannot find it locally for a reasonable price, so I will order online.

Tonight I plan on working on the background with GS and corkboard pieces J Will post pictures of the rebuild later this week..
 

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are you serious?? Even if I use hot water and rinse it?? Darn... I wish I knew that..
 

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Control ants around your tank stands or racks by sprinkling diatomaceous earth. Diatoms have tests composed of silicon oxide which is basically glass. The glass cuts the ants between the plating of their exoskeleton and they dessicate and die. Its 100% non toxic and VERY EFFECTIVE. I am constantly battling ants in my house. I use white vinegar to wipe their trails away. There was a period last summer where the ants were attempting to infiltrate my vivs, but my frogs would just wait near where they were coming in and eat them as soon as they could reach them.
Also, GET SOME NEPENTHES FOR YOUR HOUSE!!!! Many are ant specialists, and can wipe out an ant problem with a quickness. I used to live in a log cabin, and we had a carpenter ant infestation, until one day they discovered my N. ventrata. For several days, the plant was COVERED with ants getting loaded off the intoxicating necter on the peristomes of the pitchers. After a while, they all get drunk and fall into the traps. After that, I never saw another ant in my house ever again.
IN my new house, my big nepenthes are still getting acclimated to their new home (Nepenthes HATE to get moved once they are happy) But Im getting new pitchers that are already taking their toll on the sugar ants in my house
 

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I agree with the cork bark comment. Can't reuse it if you soaped it. You'll never get it all out.
 

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Awwwwwwwwwwwww.... Well thank you for letting me know.. I'm assuming sane thing with the coco huts too?
 

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Soap is never as good of an option as bleach water. I would soak your stuff in boiling water to try and denature the soap. Do it a few times with a rinse in between and you'll probably be fine
Soap isn't forever, it can be removed
 

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I guess the positive side to all this is I get to go shopping!! :) thank you guys.
 
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