Ants in my incubators??!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chickengirl1304, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. Chickengirl1304

    Chickengirl1304 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2012
    How do I get rid of them without killing the eggs?! Theyre in the bottom not On the eggs at all. Vinegar? Dish soap water? I always clean my incubators with solution and scrub the hell out of them. I've never had ants in them before.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2013
  2. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's weird. If you can get it emptied out in the same amount of time it takes to candle, you should be fine.
  3. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern WA
    I have ants in my house. I saw 1 or 2 crawling on my incubator. I put ant bait by the wall where I saw them. don't do anything different to your incubator. they will go to the bait and die in the ant nest.
  4. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
  5. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm



    We have several species of ants that are a contant issue whith anything left out.I did not have an issue during incubation but was worried about lockdown.


    This is a simple way of protecting the bators.

    Ants hate water. Place 4 bowls (do not have to be party colors) on the counter and pit an inch of water in them. Invert a glass in each and place bator on top.

    Stand incubator on top of inverted glasses. You now have four moats and no ants.
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  6. Chickengirl1304

    Chickengirl1304 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2012
    Thank you! It's so weird because they aren't anywhere else in my house, that I have found.
  7. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    Bay City, TX
    Unfortunately, the ants here do like water. [​IMG]I'd end up having to do a similar set up, but with salt instead of water.
  8. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Great idea! Big question here - how do I get rid of the ones inside the bator? Mine has holes in the styrofoam and a plastic cover. Last time I tried blasting them with water, but it didn't do much! Now they are back again. I used ant bait around the bator last time, and it was partially successfull.

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