Ants in the incubator!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bennjenny, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. bennjenny

    bennjenny New Egg

    Apr 28, 2009
    I just set our eggs today, and when I came home I had hundreds of ants building a nest in two places in the incubator! I wasn't sure if this would harm the eggs, so I cleaned them all out. I cannot find the source of the ants, so I am sure they will be back.

    Will these pesky little creatures hurt my soon to be first flock?
  2. PQ

    PQ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    Platina, Ca.
    Sounds like you may have needed to clean it anyway, ants only come when food or sticky is around. With cleaner bator they shouldnt bother it again. Good luck on your hatch! And Welcome!
  3. bennjenny

    bennjenny New Egg

    Apr 28, 2009
    Quote:I thought the heat and water in the bator might be looking like a nice place for them to set up camp...I cleaned it out really well before I put the eggs in. My Mom gave it to us after it had been stored in her barn for a couple of years, so it was really dirty....

    If they do come back, do I need to worry about them?
  4. Lil Chickie Mama

    Lil Chickie Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2009
    You should put a little DE surrounding the incubator. Anywhere where they could climb up onto the incubator, it will kill them. I don't think you could use it inside, it isn't effective when wet and it may absorb some of your humidity.
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Whatever surface you have the incubator sitting on - move the incubator - and clean it with the yellow Lysol 4 in 1 spray cleaner. It removes the smell trail and will help keep them away. Also it is a cell licer and will kill the little black ants on contact.

    What did you clean the incubator with? Hot soapy water and bleach is best on short notice.

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