CAUTION: Harvester Ants can sting and the sting can be painful. Adult supervision required.
While "Harvester Ants" does cover a broad group of ants we are currently providing and selling the Western Harvester Ant (Pogonomyrmex occidentalis)
Ant Farm Location:
Try to locate your ant farm away from direct sun or drafty locations like near air vents etc. Too warm a location and they will dehydrate very quickly. Too cold and they will slow down to a crawl. Average room temperature is just fine for the ants.
Try not to shake or move the farm if you can avoid it. This will sometimes cause the tunnels to collapse and can kill the ants.
Humidity levels for the Western Harvester Ant are in the 55-75% range. Keeping the sand a little moist and a soaked cotton ball in the habitat will most like keep that level about right. If it seems to be drying out rapidly I would also mist the habitat a couple times a week as well.Foods:
As the name suggests "Harvester" ants love to harvest seeds and is their main source of food. We supply a small packet of basic seeds but also offer a premium organic mixture here in the store. I will sometimes soak the seeds in honey also. I also like to supplement all sorts of other foods as well. I have found they love fruits like apples and pears. Vegetables are another great source of food. I have even torn off bits of marshmallow and watched the ants cover it. Adding a little sugar water to the cotton ball is a good idea as well. Just remember to change out the cotton ball when it gets dirty.
Do not leave fresh food in the habitat for too long. Bacteria and mold are very bad.Water:
Water is super important and must be maintained well for your ants to live. Ensure the cotton ball is always kept moist and the humidity levels are good in the unit. Misting once or twice a week is also a great idea. If you see your ants readily drinking from the droplets of mist in the habitat you may need to keep a closer eye on the water content provided for them.
Try to keep the habitat as clean as you can by making sure old food is removed regularly. Also the ants will designate a "burial ground" area of the habitat and will deposit the dead bodies there. these can also be removed. Use the included tweezers to do this. DO NOT reach in with your bare hands. I cannot stress enough the stings these little guys can give you.