- What's a Test Tube Insert?
- Shipping Conditions
"Will it chew through my house?" is the first question I hear from a first-time ant-keeper or any ant-keeper's parents when they look at carpenter ants.
A quick disclaimer: your house will be safe as long as it's not made from a crumbly and rotting foundation. There will only be ants if there's water leaking through.
The smooth carpenter ant is a high-elevation carpenter ant found in oak and pine forests. Camponotus laevissimus is usually one of the first ants which colonie a newly fallen piece of wood. However, they are slowly replaced by other, more aggressive Formica which drive them out of the nest. Smooth Carpenter ants are one of the only cold-preferring Carpenter ants, and can be identified by their shiny body and silver hairs which create a clean look over the entire ant.
Blochmannia is heat sensitive, so you will find that this species may do better in cooler temperatures.
It prefers low humidity from 30-50%, and low temperatures at 20-25 degrees Celsius. It's the fastest growing Carpenter ant species with workers ranging from 5-16 mm and queens reaching 18mm.
Photos courtesy of @nurbsants
Test tube inserts are upgrades to the test tube setups provided. If purchased, they come with a dark hood to lower light levels for the colony, an insert which provides a living space, and a feeding insert to provide food for the colony.
Ungrouted inserts are a blank plastic insert which helps provide a more suitable space for the ants to grip (as opposed to glass tubes), while grouted inserts are bedded with a substrate which helps distribute humidity more evenly throughout the test tube, and helps certain ants create their cocoons more easily. Overall, grouted inserts are more comfortable for the ants.
You will NOT need an insert for colonies in test tubes, but it does help for certain species. IF you are moving the ants into a nest immediately, do NOT get a test tube insert.
Hey! This is a live product. If you are purchasing ants during the winter months, please remember to purchase the "Winter Shipping (Live Guarantee) (72 hour heat pack + 1 inch foam cushion)" in order to guarantee the order.
Just a warning, we will NOT ship live ants into the US unless the receiver has a permit. If such an order is made, it will be refunded, minus a 10% processing fee and restocking fee
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