Saturday, October 17, 2009

My Ants are Still Alive

As you may know from a few posts ago the house was gassed for fleas. Which had little if any effect, the dogs and cats are still loaded with them as are the couches they touch. Works great on stink bugs though! There's a mound of dead ones next to me just outside the window.

So I have this box behind me where all my ant colonies were for the year. The box was outside during the gassing so they shouldn't have been effected. I've been somewhat afraid to open it though. But a few hours ago I finally did and am happy to say everyone seems to be alive. I was afraid left over poison would eventually kill them. That doesn't seem to be happening. I don't think this stuff effects the digestive system or reproductive systems either. Even so I'm trying to minimize what they come in contact with.

Prenolepis imparis
Lasius neoniger
Lasius alienus
Camponotus castaneus
Myrmica sp. (caught her in spring but she finally laid eggs.... she has a fungus growing on her back too, but that's unrelated to the bombing.)