|Why aren't my ants tunneling?
||Your ants need a few hours
to figure out where they are before they start to dig. However, they
should be tunneling within the first 24 hours. If they do not tunnel
after one day, try placing a few drops of sugar water onto the sand.
This will draw their attention to that spot and hopefully start them
digging. Also try blowing into the observatory as this "wakes" them up.
If your ants still do not tunnel after 3 days, they have been damaged
in shipment and will need replacement. Follow the instructions to
receive replacement ants.
|Why didn't I receive a queen ant?
||The Department of
Agriculture prohibits interstate shipment of queen ants. They don't
want reproducing ants going into other states where they may start
colonies that could damage agriculture or the ecosystem. Another reason
we don't send queens is because they are very difficult to find.
Harvester ants tunnel up to 15 feet straight down when building their
colony and may have many thousands of ants per colony. Finding the
queen is like finding a needle in a hay stack.
|I didn't get enough sand for my
observatory. The sand doesn't come all the way to the top. What do I do
||The sand shouldn't come all
the way to the top. The sand should be about 1/4" - 1/2" below the top
part of the observatory so that the ants can find their way down into
the bottom part. If you do not have enough sand to do this, contact
Life Studies and we will send you some more.
|Why Western Harvester ants?
||Western Harvester ants are
the best ants we have found for digging tunnels and working under
observation. They are very efficient and productive workers that are
fun to watch. Other species of ants don't perform as well under
|I'm missing a part or parts to my
observatory. How do I get the missing parts?
||Life Studies only supplies
the ants for many of the observatories and we do not have the parts for
the observatories themselves. You will need to contact the manufacturer
of your observatory directly. Here are a few phone numbers to try:
Exploratoy - 1-800-995-9290 Educational Insights 1-800-995-9290
Scholastic Book - (212) 343-4507.
|If I get more ants, will they fight
with the ants that I already have in my observatory?
||Probably not if they are
from the same area and same species they will usually get along fine.
|I have ordered ants before, and
they have died and I want to start again. Do I need to get new sand
along with new ants?
||It depends how dirty and
moldy your observatory is. Most people like to get new sand, clean out
the observatory and start completely over again.
|How long will my ants live?
||An ant's life span is
normally only about 90 days. Harvester ants seem to live a little
longer, usually 2 to 6 months. We had a case where the ants lasted a
whole year but that is exceptional. They are small insects and do not
have a long life expectancy.
|What should I feed my ants?
||Ants will eat almost
anything but their favorites are fresh vegetables and fruits such as
cucumber, lettuce, apple, celery, or broccoli. Feed them tiny pieces
every other day as needed. You may also want to try small bits of
grains, or granola.
|I got a large winged ant with my
worker ants. What is it?
||Ants with wings are either
female or male ants which have not reached maturity yet. At a certain
time each year the mature males and females fly into the air to mate.
After mating they lose their wings. The male dies. The female searches
for a place to start a new colony as a fertile queen.