Building your own ant farm is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. Ant farms are by far one of the most popular at-home animal habitats on the market today. However, sometimes there isn’t an ant farm that fits the size you need, or you may just want to have a fun craft project to do. No matter what your reason for building your own ant farm, you need to know how to do it. Building your own ant farm is extremely simple, and with several easy-to-find tools, you will be well on your way to owning a homemade ant farm.
There are several materials that you will need to have in order to build your homemade ant farm. The first thing you need to make sure you have are two different containers. Either of these containers can be smaller aquariums or even a large bottle. The first of these containers needs to be larger than the second, because you want to put the smaller container into the larger one. You will then need soil, preferably garden soil, a funnel, small garden shovel, honey, a bucket and a cotton ball. Of course, you will need to have ants. You can get ants from your front yard, but make sure that you obtain ants that are larger in size, thus making it easier to see them.
After you have gathered all of your materials, you will need to put the smaller container within the larger one. The only purpose of the smaller container is to ensure that the ants will build their tunnels close to the outside of the larger container, allowing you to see the tunnels. After you have combined the two containers, the fun of digging for ants begins. Take the bucket and garden shovel out to your yard and locate a colony of ants. You can easily do this by following one ant and then digging where they go. When you are receiving your ants, look for the queen ant and larva, this will help colonize your ant farm. Once you have found the ants, take your bucket and begin scooping them into it.
Once you have gathered all of your ants, make sure that you put some soil inside of the bucket as well. Take your funnel, which can also be a paper-cone, and begin to slowly add the soil and ants between the two containers. Make sure that you add any larvae and the queen last, you will then notice that all of the worker ants will begin to relocate their queen ant and larvae to a new location. After you have added all of the ants and soil to the container, attach a lid and make sure you press holes on the lid to allow the ants to receive oxygen.
Making your own ant farm is a very rewarding experience, and is a great at-home project for any age. If you are looking for a great craft project, or just something to fill your time on the weekends, than this is a great way to do so. Remember, some ants do bite, so keep any children away from the open bucket.