If you want the best ant colony you need to offer the best care.
Ants may seem pretty self-sufficient, but the care you give them can go a long way to determining their health and even lifespan.
Here are a few tips for making sure your ants are getting the best you have to offer.
Give them the right temperature.
Temperature is one of the biggest factors in the lifespan of ants. They will live longer in a room that is on the cooler side, somewhere between 60-70 degrees.
Don't place your ant farm in a spot that gets direct sunlight, as this will cause the temperature inside the farm to rise and the ants to overheat.
Cover the farm when you're not watching the ants.
Ants do their tunneling at night, so it is important to cover the ant farm when you're not watching them. This will prevent them from getting stressed out, and will ensure that they are much more active.
Offer the right amount of water.
Ants can live much longer without food than they can without water, so it is important to make sure they have water every day. However, too much water can also be a problem, as ants can drown in it.
A damp cotton ball or a few drops are more than sufficient, and much safer for your ants, than a puddle. You can even add some sugar to the water for an extra treat.
Provide them with the right foods.
Ants can eat a wide variety of food, but the best options are small pieces of fruits and vegetables, like celery, lettuce, carrots and apples. Ants also enjoy bread and cracker crumbs and canned tuna, and have been known to eat dry cat food as well.
Dead insects are also a good option, and can be purchased at most pet stores. Be sure you don't overfeed your ants; two or three pieces of fruit or vegetables every two days is more than enough. Remove any uneaten food after two days to prevent mold.
Don't move the farm once the ants have built tunnels.
With too much motion, tunnels are subject to collapse, and can injure or kill ants in the process, so move the farm as little as possible once it is set up.
If you keep these tips in mind you should have a healthy ant colony with a long lifespan.