Posted by: Michelle | 2007/02/27

Ants in Aviary

I have a small aviary which is overrun by little black ants. The poor quails are getting covered... what can I do to get rid of them that is not harmful to birds in the aviary and outside it.

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Is the aviary built on the ground? Are the ants coming through the floor. Be careful of using toxic substances to control them as the birds could then eat them.

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Posted by: michelle | 2007/02/28

Thanks all 4 advice. Aviary/bird dealer suggested karbadust - can even be used on the birds!

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Posted by: WR | 2007/02/27

Hi there!

Get those green 'Ant Traps' and leave about 4 around the aviary.
Ask your vet for some avian insecticide powder, and treat each quail individually.
I think Karba-Dust should be OK B_U_T rather check on the container, and if still unsure, phone the manufacturers.

Good luck!

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Posted by: jax | 2007/02/27

A round-about way of doing it would be to get a small pair of insect-eating birds. The quails shouldn't mind too much, and the ants won't stand a chance. I've noticed that my mynahs follow the ant trails with great delight, when they are outside.
I don't have any mynahs looking for homes at the moment, but try your local bird shops and see if they have any starlings or similar.

P.S. totally environment-friendly!!

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