Hello everyone, long time no see!
Firstly I hope everyone is doing well, as well as your ants! Secondly I have a question about my nest humidity, that I hope you can help me with.
So it's now March and I have decided to bring my small Lasius Niger colony (10-12 workers) out of hibernation, just in time for my new birthday present to arrive, an ants Canada small omni nest.
I am very happy with the nest and moved them in straight away, however they are currently nesting in the connecting tube between the formicarium and the nest. So this got me wondering what I could do to make the nest more appealing to them. At the moment I am assuming it's a nest size issue, with the colony only having about 10 workers I believe they will prefer a smaller nesting area for the moment, hence them living in the tube rather than the nest. To help eliminate this issue I have decided to block off all the chambers bar one (which is easily done thanks to the omni nests design) however this hasn't seemed to help the issue as of yet.
So the next issue I wanted to address was the humidity level inside the chamber. For those of you that aren't familiar with the omni nest, it is build using layers of plastic, and water is drawn from sponges, into the chambers using capillary action. Now to get to the point, I was wondering how you lot check the humidity levels of your nests, do you use electronics, trial and error or other methods? Apparently Lasius Niger like around 40-50 precent humidity levels, but I don't know how to check this myself?
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated,
Thanks in advanced, Sam!