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How to Save an Ant and Other Tiny Critters
Why save them? Because it feels good to be able to save tiny critters. (Just like saving dogs and cats.)Occasionally there is always a time when you feel guilty when a tiny ant looks like it drowned in milk or when a spider is drowning in your closet. Now you can save them.Ants are not always bad. Some colonies are gentle with fragile, slow but don't-bite ants (usually brown and even black ones that sometimes try to live in really wet areas like bathrooms). The ones you don't want are the ones that bite on principle.Spiders like Daddy-long-legs eat other bugs (even ants; but mosquitoes too). They are good for your home (like house lizards).This technique was developed in an attempt to be kind to all living things.
Understand that ants/spiders usually try to escape if they are in milk or water.If they can't they usually stop moving, which is why the ant/spider may not be dead.
Put something in the water to rescue the ant/spider.This could be a spoon or if it's a closet your toilet brush could do. Just try to get them on to the item.
Drain the liquid -slowly!Or the ant will flow out with the liquid. Even if you drained it there should still be some residue surrounding the ant but if the ant is alive it should start to move.
Let it crawl a little.Depending on what kind of ant it is it could either save itself if it's stronger or it could need a helping hand. That's when it gets tricky.
Introduce an absorbent material like a terrycloth towel and place it near the ant.If the ant climbs on to it that's it and the ant is saved. If the ant isn't doing that then it probably couldn't. In which case move to step 6.
Place the absorbent material next to the ant.Slowly (so that the ant has enough time to react ) brush the ant off the spoon and on to the absorbent material.
That's all that can be done.If, however, you find that the liquid was not absorbed enough, then the material used is at fault (it could be the texture or its chemical structure.).
A successful scenario is when there is no liquid around the ant and the ant is able to move freely.
Place it where you found it (on the table where the cup or bowl was) so that it can find it's way home.
QuestionI found a spider that was drowning in the rain just now, it is barely moving and I feel bad. How can I help it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMake sure it is alive. Depending on the type of spider it is find something to feed it like a small ant or any other food spiders eat. If it's a dangerous spider it's better to let it die because instead your life will be at risk. If it starts moving try to place it in a safe container with holes so it can breathe. When the environment is safe let it go.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do if I find a spider in my shower I don't recognize?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou could catch it in a jar, without touching it, and look up different types of spiders in your area to identify it. If it is harmful, you might want to consider spraying it with bug spray, or letting it go a distance away from your house.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I save a pregnant queen ant that was half-drowned in my pool?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFirst check if she's actually dead, if she is and you want to save the baby ants, you have to cut open her abdomen carefully. If she's alive make a safe environment for her.Thanks!
QuestionI saved an ant from a spider. Is that bad?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNot at all. Just try not to interfere with Mother Nature too much.Thanks!
QuestionIs it safe for me to feed ants and other critters food?Community AnswerIt is usually fine to feed ants and other bugs anything. Make sure there is no poison in it, of course. Ants love sugary candies.Thanks!
- Let the ant clean the stuff off. If it's standing on its hind-legs and fidgeting with it's antennae that's what it's doing.
- Don't use the edge of a towel-they absorb nothing.
- Move close to see but a magnifying glass may be handy but only if necessary.
- Try a flat, absorbent material. One with the texture of a kitchen mitten.
- Tissues are too fragile and absorbent and cannot be used for step 6.
- You may fail. But at least you cared enough to try.
- Liquids like dish soap and soda instantly kill ants. They cannot get thick honey off of themselves. (The stickiness stops it from flowing away)
- Do not place the material on top of the ant.
- Creatures like Daddy-long-legs must not be allowed to get completely wet. If they are floating keep them afloat.
- These creatures are fragile and require a very delicate and steady touch. Good practice for surgeons.
- Papers don't absorb water enough.
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