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Old 10-02-2013, 10:22 PM
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Hi, I recently purchased a crestie and today decided to change the tank around. I put some new cork bark in which I got from a reptile shop this morning. Made the tank look amazing then 4 hours later I went to see how the little guy was getting on and there were loads of ants crawling round. They were black with red heads, I have emptied the tank and put the wood in the freezer, does anyone know what these are or how to kill them?

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Old 10-02-2013, 10:35 PM
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Hi, from your description (black with red heads) & that they live in wood, They most likely are a Southern European Ant called Crematogaster Scutellaris - http://www.mariodiges.com/fotos/Inse...cutellaris.jpg

if only you had kept the colony I would love to have a colony of Crematogaster

anyway,I hope this helped
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:20 PM
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Thank you, that looks like them. Are they dangerous?

If I find anymore, I'll let you know!!
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:22 PM
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I also put my cork bark in boiling water to rid of any critters
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:46 AM
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Default Crematogaster Scutellaris

They can be dangerous. especially to reptiles as these ants can shoot Formic Acid from there abdomen which could potentially blind a reptile
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:16 AM
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Oh no, I looked in the freezer this morning and got 23 dead in there, I looked at them closely and I'm pretty sure that's what they are. I'm worried in case they one back! Thank you for your help.
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Old 11-02-2013, 01:55 PM
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Boiling water kills any insect, so if you soak the cork in boiling water for a while, they should all die
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:52 PM
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Do you think freezing wouldn't kill them?
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:53 PM
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Well, as an ant keeper myself, Cold temperatures can make the Ants go into hibernation rather than kill them
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Old 11-02-2013, 03:12 PM
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I was worried you were going to say that!! Thank you so much for all your help
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