Post by tomorrownight on Sept 25, 2010 16:16:50 GMT
Hey, I've started doing some experiments on my Lasius Niger Queens, I have three infected with Mites and so am trying different things.
So far I had an idea of putting a foreign worker in there to see if she would deal with her mite infestation (might work?) anyway the queen went crazy and killed the worker really quickly. I then put a cotton wool in with her soaked in lemon juice but that didn't seem to work. She doesn't have any workers to tend her, I wonder if I should try a queen without any workers? anyway, in conclusion, without direct application to mites by workers and simply the vapour alone, the lemon juice does not help.
I shall also try that bacterial yoghurt that people talk about and also bee mite spray. anything else anyone wants me to try? would be really great to get some positive results!!
Post by tomorrownight on Sept 25, 2010 23:21:07 GMT
I don't think so, they appear to have gone since I stopped keeping the ytong damp. In fact I'm pretty certain those ants were the seed husk ones (they cover certain shells of seeds but don't touch the ants) these other ones are clearly very harmful to the queen that has them and she definitely has them.
Interesting though, has anyone seen mites on any none Formicaene (?) ant? I've never seen mites on anything other than Lasius...
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Of course as you may know, lemon juice will change the scent of an ant due to it being a strong acid, so it might cause other ants within the colony to attack their sisters owing to them smelling wrong Perhaps the bee mite spray may be a better option if it's made for using on social insects, as this probably doesn't affect the scent pheromones