Monday, January 15, 2007

Who buys ants?

We spent a good portion of yesterday afternoon trapping ants for the space age gel farm--a Christmas gift from an uncle. After we dug the 25 suggested in the instructions, transported them, kept them from running all over the kitchen counter, what do they do?
They die overnight.
Tell me, friends, should I pony up and order ants for this thing? Or should we make another stab at finding our own?

8 comments:

Lindsey said...

What a great gift - shame about the ants dying :( I've never bought ants but I would probably have another go at collecting some as it would be cheaper. If it failed again then I might consider buying some though. Happy ant hunting :)

Anonymous said...

I think that you have to catch a queen ant and keep the queen with the rest of the ants to keep them from dying.

Catherine said...

Yes- you have to have a queen! If you can find a queen, catch them, but otherwise you're going to have to pony up.

Marie said...

Pony up. You get big fat harvester ants that are really easy to see and watch.

Lindsey @ Enjoythejourney said...

Yep. Pony up. Stinks, yes. But the ants will kill themselves and each other if they are from different colonies and so on.

We bought the ones from www.unclemilton.com ( I think that is the website) for our ant farm and they lasted for about 3-4 weeks.

Sarah said...

My kids have an ant farm. I tried to catch my own at first, but eventually I bought them. They lasted for months and gave me..I mean the kids great enjoyment. They are really neat to watch. We have a sand farm I almost bought the kids the gel one for Christmas. I would love to hear how it works out for you. Once you buy the ants. :)

Lari said...

My oldest sone (10) got the same thing for Christmas from my sister...she included a check for shipping the ants...isn't there a coupon for the ants included in the box? We haven't ordered ours yet, but the boys are very excited about it.

Michelle H said...

My son received an ant farm and I too thought, "who buys ants." The ants we collected from the yard, although they did not die, didn't tunnel very well in the gel. So I paid the $3 and ordered ants. They were amazing and all live for about 1 year. Note about these ant---they are harvester ants and you are warned to wear gloves when dumping them into the gel because they sting. They also move like crazy and we had a few exciting moments and some of our ants escaped and had to be squished for all the little ones protection.