Ant farms are simulated ant colonies used to observe ant’s natural behaviors.
The organizations of ants have always fascinated people, the social aspects and hierarchy of the colonies. Ant farms are constructed for the purpose of learning about ant and or research of ants; they are also made for cool displays for your desk. For whatever reason, they offer a great window view of the complex life of ants.
Ant farms come in various shapes and sizes. Most of the time, glass is used for the sides and top of the ant farm for visibility purposes. Keep in mind, there are several species of ants and some you should avoid when population your ant farm. Be sure to avoid potentially harmful ants such as fire ants. We do not want anyone to experience a painful ant bite.
Most ant farms come with a certificate for a batch of mail order ants to populate your farm. You may also attempt to collect your own ants by using bait such as maple syrup in your own yard. It is almost impossible to collect your own queen and broods; this is the benefit of ordering them. You should use sand or composite depending on the color of your ants for visibility purposes. Make sure the sand is dampened before adding the ants so they can easily make tunnels.
You can feed your ant colony food particles, sweet syrups, honey, or dead insects. Ants rarely die because of lack of food, but water is vital to their survival. Your ant farm should be kept away from the sun and be moist at all times.
Make sure you do not keep your ant farm too moist or flood it with water. Also, make sure you keep the top on the farm so the ants cannot escape. You should take the lid off once a day to allow air flow into your ant farm. If your farm does not have a top, you should smear petroleum jelly around the perimeter to prevent the ants from getting loose.
If taken care of properly, your ant farm can supply enjoyment and education for years to come. Check out our Ant Farms for Kids collection.