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Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Kylegoryan, Jul 3, 2019.

  1. Kylegoryan

    Kylegoryan Arachnopeon

    I have a phlogius crassipes (4mo) on the brink of molting. Tonight ants got into the enclosure and I had to destroy its molting mat etc to rescue it. Could the stress of this situation kill my specimen??
  2. Kylegoryan

    Kylegoryan Arachnopeon

    PSA The ants got in through the bag of sphagnum moss I have I did not check it before I placed in enclosure, did not expect it to happen however the whole situation was only about 3 minutes long
  3. Asgiliath

    Asgiliath Arachnoknight Active Member

    If it hadn’t already flipped and wasn’t in the process of molting, i’d think not. You didn’t even touch the spider?
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  4. Kylegoryan

    Kylegoryan Arachnopeon

    no, I tipped the container on its side and let it crawl into a capture cup, I then removed all the ands with my hands and took a thin layer of substrate out of original container, just way too worried as I have lost 3 to ants already and I felt bad for destroying my little ones home :(
  5. Mirandarachnid

    Mirandarachnid Arachnobaron

    I don't think you harmed the T with the way you described the transfer.

    I'd put it in a different container with brand new sub.

    As for defending against ants, clean the trails with vinegar to destroy the pheromones. You can also put your enclosures in a shallow pan of water to create a moat, or put a barrier around the outside of the enclosure below the lowest vent holes so the ants can't crawl up it. Vaseline, fluon, or a mix of baby powder and rubbing alcohol are good ant barriers. For more info on ant barriers it might be a good idea to check out some ant keeping forums. Know thy enemy :pompous:
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