Here's what you need to know to get your ants happily settled in their Ant Mountain Habitat. WARNING: Do not touch your ants! They can bite, which may cause pain and swelling.
1. Getting Started
- Place your tube of ants into the fridge for about 10 minutes (do not place in the freezer or you may kill the ants). This will make them easier to transfer into the habitat.
- Set Ant Mountain™ on a flat surface and open the lid.
- Locate the bag of sand. Shake the bag so the sand settles to one side.
- Using a pair of scissors, cut off a small corner of the bag.
2. Adding Sand
- Slowly and carefully, pour the sand into the FLAT side of Ant Mountain™.
- This digging chamber is where your ants will do all of their tunnel building. Do not pour sand into the ROUNDED side.
- You may find funneling the sand into the opening is easier if you use a rolled up piece of paper.
- As you fill, stop periodically and gently shift Ant Mountain™ back-and-forth so the sand fills the entire flat digging chamber.
- Try to fill the chamber to the very top with the sand. We send more than you need and you will have some left over.
3. Add Water
- Measure 1/4 cup of bottled spring water.
- Slowly pour about 3/4 of the water onto the sand in the flat digging chamber area and let it soak in.
- You will notice the water causes the sand to shrink below the crest of the digging chamber.
- Pour more sand into the flat digging chamber until the chamber is full of sand again, like you did in Step 4.
- Then pour the remaining water into the sand. This time, don’t worry if the sand doesn’t quite reach the crest of the chamber.
4. Create Initial Tunnel
- Locate the sand rod and stick it straight into the sand chamber.
5. Add the Ants
- If the sand has dried, place a few drops of bottled spring water into the sand chamber.
- Wait about five minutes, then remove the sand rod.
- Retrieve your ants from the refrigerator and open the Ant Mountain lid.
- Gently tap the ant tube so the ants fall to the bottom of the tube, then quickly open it and release the ants into the Ant Mountain chamber.
- Quickly close the lid.
It takes about 24 hours for your ants to get used to their new home . They might seem a bit lazy at first, but don't worry. They will soon find their way around Ant Mountain and will begin to dig their tunnels.