Ants can live anywhere, so why not put an ant farm on the coffee table next to
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nowadays are amazing contraptions, nothing like the a big glass pickle jar with
a book on top to keep the ants in. But they still do the same thing. That is to
provide a living experience for our kids. Everything comes in the mail, ants
The main drawback from buying an ant farm is the time it takes to get your ants.
After buying the farm and setting it up, you send your certificate back to the
company and then your ants are delivered. You cannot buy the whole thing ready
to go sort of thing. It is a two-stage process. And this waiting game kind of
takes the excitement out of the project.
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As ants are temperature sensitive the companies usually only post the ants when
the weather is favorable. That means if it gets too cold you end up with a
packet of dead ants delivered by the mailman.
there is no queen ant with the colony so the ants are short lived. They can’t
reproduce so they die off as there are no baby ants to take over.
Ant farms are very popular and there are many to choose from. From the NASA Gel
Filled ant farm that ended up in space,
to the standard one color design that is available nearly
will have a look at a few of the most popular ones available to see which is the
The first is an Ant
This is three separate ant farms hence the name village. They are all joined
together with Antway Connector Tubes and the ants climb up Ant Stairs to get
from one farm to another. But they are all quite small and one is circular so if
the ants are hiding in the middle you can’t see them. The idea behind the
three habitats is to start with one and join the others as the colony gets
bigger, but there is only one problem with this and that is, no queen ant.
Like the other farms they all have plastic models of the standard farm on top so
anybody looking at it will work out it is a farm. The main problems with this
model seems to be the construction with some people having trouble putting it
together, and others saying there were too many holes in the containers so the
little ants could break free and make a run for the garden.
The next on the list is the Giant
This is a bigger separate unit with just one container a bit over 1 inch think,
so it is easy to see the ants. It is ideal for group viewing as it is nearly a
foot high and one and a half feet wide. Plenty of room for the ants to do their
The main problem seems to be, the base is not wide enough and it wobbles and
sometimes falls over. When that happens the ants usually die because the tunnels
collapse. The idea is to make sure the tunnels do not collapse.
The ants in this model are Carpenter Ants and they can give you a really good
bite, so keep your fingers out of the cage. Also the color scheme is pretty
bland. Mine was just straight green and no other color. Green box, green base
and green silhouette farm scene on the top. At least Uncle Milton has some color
in his farms.
The next one is another Uncle Milton, the Xtreme
and this is a bit better than the Ant Farm Village. It has got good viewing
spheres with a couple of magnifying glasses as windows so you can get a close up
view of the ants.
The construction is pretty sturdy and it is supposed to be escape proof, but
some people had their ants escape. I think it is all in the way it is put
together, so read the instructions carefully. Some others had their ant farm
invaded by other smaller ants. The big red ants are no match for the little
This ant farm looks like a take off from one of those mouse
exercise cages with climbing walls, vertical ramps and gravity hoops.
The last one we will look at is the Ant Hill from Insect lore. This is a very
basic ant farm shaped like a cone so you have a three-dimensional viewing area
the same as the Habitat-Sports Park. Here most of the activity goes on inside
the sand dome so you only see the ants running around the outside of the hill.
It has a very wide base so it is pretty stable. If you are a bit worried about
having stinging ants running around the place this is probably the safest as it
has a locking lid.
My suggestion is if you are really into ants, buy one of the habitats then go
and find your own ants. Find a good ant nest and grab the queen ant and a bunch
of others then your ant farm should last a long time. Why wait for the ant to
arrive in the mail. Also there is some debate about what species of ant you end
up with if you order through the post. Just remember most ants bite so be