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    An ant nest has moved into my indoor terrarium

    Over the past 24 hours, an ant nest has been set up in my terrarium. Turns out my brother had been eating food in his room next to mine and the sugar ants have migrated to my terrarium. They made their way through the ventilation crack at the top and into a pot that was touching the glass. My Nepenthes campanulata pitcher is browning from overfeeding and ants are spreading throughout my terrarium.

    Yes, this could mean a source of food for the plants, but it looks disgusting having ants carrying their eggs across pots and on the glass of the terrarium.

    How can I get rid of the ants? I'm thinking about flooding the pots, causing the ants to scurry and take their eggs with them (I can collect these, freeze them, and feed them to the plants later).


    Any suggestions?
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    Maybe a couple flea collars in the tank?
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    small container with dry ice to make CO2 to fumigate the tank with little effect on the plants?

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    I did the dry ice thing for thrips. worked really well. Did three bombs of the tank and never saw another bug. Plus the plants loved the extra CO2. Just make sure you do the bombing while the lights are on.
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    Flood them...it works every time..


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    I have had great success with a product called Terro liquid ant baits.

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    HAD ANTS IN MY DISHWASHER THIS MORNING just turned it on, boric acid mixed with honey or peanut,or jelly butter works well

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    CO2 bomb and your plants will love it!

    That's how they get rid of pest insects in frog terrariums.

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