My Fire Ants Are Planning an Escape

Oh my god. Look at this! I have a very serious problem. A problem that all ant keepers of this species inevitably go through. Now these tropical fire ants can be an ant keeper’s dream Or can be an ant keeper’s nightmare. Look at all these ants! It’s incredible, they have completely filled up all living spaces that I provided for them. And they’re constantly requiring more space, more food, and also a lot more maintenance. Remember my ant routine video? Showing the maintenance required for this ant colony? Well, In just a few months, maintenance has tripled. The growth rate of Solenopsis Geminata is truly unprecedented. Before I used to be able to spot clean this out world. But now, I just got to put on some gloves, cover it with baby powder, and grab at their garbage. There is no other way I also inevitably do end up scooping some workers. I try to save as many as I can, but when you’re dealing with this many ants it’s practically impossible without unintentionally scooping up some workers. By the way guys if you’re new to ant keeping, or if you’re looking to get into ant keeping, please don’t let this video scare you because this species, is a very difficult species to house. I’ve been keeping ants for many many years and I’m comfortable working around them. Most commonly kept ant species, are not this extreme. But I love the challenge! And I know a lot of you ant keepers out there are also up for the challenge of keeping these girls. In fact, these are so hard to keep that I make sure to test all of our AntsCanada products on them to ensure quality and effectiveness. But if you saw the title of this video then you already know what’s up next. These ants have a big plan in mind. They are planning…an escape! In this video, I’m going to show you how I could tell that these ants were planning a big break out and what I did to circumvent their plans. And also, actually change their minds. So be sure to keep watching until the end. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the AntsCanada ant channel! Now let’s go back to a couple weeks ago, when this colony was smaller. At this point, the colony was an ok size manageable, eating well. Maintenance was pretty easy as well. And they were a delight to watch. There weren’t too much but there were also weren’t too little. But then I noticed something very alarming. If you look over there you’ll see ants on the screen. Right underneath the cover. Not exactly an emergency situation, because they’re still inside and they can’t get through the cover But, This was alarming because it meant the ants were crossing my barrier. Now the thing is here in the Philippines, the air is super humid all the time. Which means that dry barriers, like baby powder and Fluon lose its effectiveness over time. Simply due to the moisture in the air. And so what I now have to do, is I have to add baby powder every month just to replace this barrier, so the ants can’t cross. I just simply dip a cotton ball into some baby powder, and gently pad it against the upside down lip. Now here’s the thing; if you look carefully there at the top, you’ll notice that there is a grouping of ants, just kind of sitting there. Sitting there, as if they were planning something. Or, they were waiting for something. Based on experience, when ants do this, I’ve found that they’re ready to make an escape. And if you notice now that all of that baby powder’s there, it seems like that grouping is starting to disseminate. And they’re all going away. Thankfully, these ants are in an AC out world, which is designed to keep ants, like these fire ants, inside. And luckily, it comes with a cover. I also make sure to place baby power on the bottom of the cover, just to keep this from happening again. Now on goes the cover, and I don’t have to worry. A colony at this size is very healthy. Not too crowded, and they’ve established a very prominent highway. But are not completely carpeting the surface. They are, however, growing at a very exponential rate. And I found that the larger the colony, the more agressive they are. Which can prove to be a challenge, especially when you’re working around them. In this case, like when I’m changing water tubes. These ants are super aggressive, and I definitely need to wear gloves. Of course when working around these girls, and dealing with disconnections and connections I will have some escapees. And for them, I just flick them back into the out world. So they can rejoin their colony. Escaped ants basically are kind of helpless, they’ll die without their colony. Ants are stronger in numbers. A lone ant wandering around is kind of useless, and I always find those random escapees that escape while I’m disconnecting connections trying desperately to get back and rejoin their colony. But this video is not about those random escapes. This video is about their great escape! Now remember when we saw that grouping of the ants kind of just hanging out? As I said before, I always find that ants hanging around in groupings like this in their out world somewhere towards the top indicate that the ants are sort of contemplating ways to get out of this familiar space. Now it’s not out of the ordinary for ants to setup resting spots around their out world by any means. But with these fire ants, when I find them hanging out around the top it’s kind of a red flag for me. Now I find when ants are showing signs of wanting to escape their setup it usually means that they need more food. So in this case, when I suspect that they want to escape I just double their feeding portions. I know this helps because every single time I add more food, I see less and less of these ants just hanging around the top contemplating an escape. Anyone whos kept this species knows exactly what I’m talking about. These ants are voracious eaters When these girls wanna escape, I just feed them more cockroaches. Check it out guys And now here I am, adding a little bit more baby powder just to be safe. Look how many workers are foraging this out world, it’s just crazy both hybrid nests here are completely full. It just boggles my mind how one queen can give rise to so many workers so quickly. The queen’s egg laying rate must be phenomenal I bet she lays one egg every few minutes, and it’s around the clock. Again for those of you who are into ant keeping, or want to get into ant keeping don’t let this alarm you because most species like Lasius, Camponotus especially, Formica and other species particularly from the temperate regions Even Tetramorium do not grow this fast. And for all you guys out there who want very large and impressive colonies, I hope you’re watching this video and paying attention. This is what you can expect. If you’re from a temperate region and you’re keeping temperate region ants trust me, it’s a good thing that it takes years for ant colonies to get this large. Also worth noting, if a colony reaches a certain size that you really like all you gotta do is lower the temperature just a little bit. Perhaps by one or two degrees. And that will slow down the egg laying rate of the queen. You can also limit food, but doing this will lead to mass deaths. When my ants are showing signs of wanting to escape not only do I double the food portions, but it also indicates that the ants need more space. I mean look at brood that they’ve moved into the tubes now! These ants need new space and they need it soon. Now instead of adding another formicarium, or another one of these out world nests, I wanted to try and show you guys something really cool that you can do. To increase their living space using just a few materials. Introducing, my solution to offering these ants some new space The Antagon! Okay, perhaps the name is kinda tacky But it’s really cool and I wanted to show you guys what you can do especially if your colony is really large I definitely wouldn’t recommend this kind of setup for a new colony with just a few workers. Because for small colonies humidity is everything and I’m not sure if I would trust the consistency of humidity in a network of tubes like this But for a very large and active colony that could use the space This can add a lot of fun to the design of your ant setup. It can also add a little bit of distance for those of you who have ants that are willing to travel far distances to get to other satellite nests or out worlds. It allows you to increase the space without actually increasing the space. Alright, so basically what I’ve done here is I’ve connected a bunch of our large AC tubing using a variety of different connectors available at the AC shop. And I’ve let this tubing kind of run around this stool which I’ve placed on top of the desk and these tubes will eventually connect to the ant setup. I can’t wait to connect them! Ants love exploring new areas. Especially when the colony is large like this, and they really just want to explore some new space. And of course, we all love spoiling our ants. So here we go guys! I’m going to connect this fire ant colony to the Antagon! Here we go! Gotta grab the escapees and throw them back into the out world. Look at them go! And there you have it! Some new living space for this growing ant colony. And you know what? I don’t see ants trying to escape anymore. This will probably only last them Mmmm, I would say a few weeks. So, do stay tuned for an upcoming video when I give this colony even more living space. By the way guys, for those of you that liked this ant footage of ants moving into the Antagon I’ve created a hidden cookie for you guys and you can simply click here to watch ants just moving into the Antagon or visiting the link that I’m going to put in the info section of this video. Overall, despite these little challenges keeping ants is such a fun experience. This colony is an example of what can be achieved with time, patience, care, and a proper setup. We at AntsCanada have taught thousands of people to keep ants and we’re still counting. We make sure to help our customers achieve beautiful, healthy, and fruitful ant colonies just like this. Ants are truly the most amazing creatures on this planet. And it really is my desire for you guys to find out just how awesome ants really are. If you would like to get into ant keeping, or you need help with your current ant colony, be sure to watch our free videos on this channel or read our various articles at Also be sure to visit our forum which is super helpful. It’s a place where thousands of ant keepers, from all over the world meet, post about their ants and read up, because just like ants we are better in larger numbers. Thanks so much for watching this video, please subscribe so you can stay updated with our weekly videos which we upload every Monday, at 8:00 AM sharp. Don’t forget to leave a comment, like, and share! It’s ant love forever guys! Bye! 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  1. Noemi Roma August 16, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Why do y want them to??

  2. Artur P. August 16, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    We all expected something crazy but all got disappointed badly

  3. Wild Horse August 16, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    If this is How To Kill Fire Ants, I will be love it. — a victim of fire ants

  4. Damian Caballero August 16, 2019 at 4:26 pm


  5. Seo-Hyeon박서현 August 16, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    I love ants, but when there are SOO MANY OF THEM, no. Who else started getting itchy from watching the millions of ants crawling around? Just me, okay

  6. Giovanni’s Journey August 16, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Why does baby powder deter them?

  7. iimzx 508 August 16, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Him: no
    What about dogs?
    Him: nope
    Hmm maybe a hamster??
    Him: NO!
    Then what do you want??
    Him: ants?

  8. cgbdfb52 August 16, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    This is disturbing on sooooooooooo many levels.

  9. No One Specific August 16, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Omg, didn't know you were from the Philippines

  10. Alexa Jiménez Jiménez August 16, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    I feel bad for the roaches 🙁 They were alive, right? Those movements weren't just spams, I assume.

  11. RightWingIsTheBest TRUMP2020 August 16, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    i hope they´ll all escape when you sleep and pee on you

  12. YRF Jaley August 16, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    This video is making me itchy

  13. 김우주 August 17, 2019 at 12:47 am

    뭐야 미국인가..?

  14. Melissa Satterlee August 17, 2019 at 1:04 am

    A month from now news headline
    Man found trapped in bathroom of house ants outside holding him hostage

  15. Dayib Hassan August 17, 2019 at 1:43 am

    This gives me National Geographic vibes.

  16. Dayib Hassan August 17, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Next video:

    I bAuGhT a MaNsIoN fOr My aNts

  17. Linda Black August 17, 2019 at 3:43 am


  18. JDTV August 17, 2019 at 3:57 am

    How many Animal(s) do you have?
    AntsCanada:Hmm a Million i think

  19. Ltbubas August 17, 2019 at 4:33 am

    rip 9/11

  20. Essence B. August 17, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Lol dump them out into the wilderness

  21. Essence B. August 17, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Ants make TRASH!!!!

  22. mariaelaine229 August 17, 2019 at 4:56 am

    its like hes governing this colony of ants

  23. Alkaid Omid August 17, 2019 at 5:08 am

    I have never watched a 15 minute YouTube video that is based off on ants that this interests me so much. Thank you for sharing. ?

  24. Richa Joshi August 17, 2019 at 10:19 am

    This is so funny ?

  25. dennyfrontier August 17, 2019 at 10:22 am

    If I ever go to your house im gonna knock your ant farm over and not tell you

  26. Melissa Smith August 17, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    I don't like ants but is an interesting video

  27. jesvi picoc August 17, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    so you are a pilipino?

  28. Case Em August 17, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    This is very interesting, but what do ant keepers do if something happens where they're no longer able to care for their colonies?

  29. everttaube97 August 17, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Hmm why not make an extremely long tube that goes outside, would all ant's escape or use the corridor to explore and bring back goods?

  30. Tahmid Mobassir Khan August 17, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    teacher: what pet do you have?
    guy: a giant colony of fire ants

  31. Marlaina August 17, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    I would like ants but I have to wait 2 more days cuz its to hot for the shipping

  32. Carolynn Petrosky August 17, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    #WakeandBake.. got me like "why am I watching this?" "Why is this so interesting?" Maybe I should start an ant farm… ?‍♀️

  33. eltsen nestle August 17, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    …I was watching a cat video from Russia……..

  34. cosmicVox13 August 17, 2019 at 8:19 pm


  35. Isobella Brett August 17, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    I will never see Carmen in the same light.

  36. todd prifogle August 17, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Talcom powder requires a lot of applications . There must be a more effective /efficient method ?

  37. Ryan Godfrey August 17, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    What kinda trash do Fire ants have ??

  38. movie end August 17, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    watching this and itching at the same time, I dont understand humans…

  39. Some weird indian guy August 17, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    i bet most of the people randomly came here and would rather stomp the whole colony dead than raise them.

  40. Some weird indian guy August 17, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    i randomly came here and am horrified by what i saw……..oooohhh baby powder!!

  41. PorkNotBeef August 17, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    "Ants don't serve AntsCanada! It's YOU who need us! We're a lot stronger than you say we are… And you know it? Don't you?"

  42. Saiganesh Rasal August 18, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Dad- let's have pet, but cat or dog?
    Me- Ants

  43. MellowYellow August 18, 2019 at 12:54 am

    if i saw ants in my bedroom i would run away screaming, but im 10 so…

  44. B Jenkins August 18, 2019 at 2:20 am

    I was listening to Utada Hikaru's music and still tryna figure out how I got here lol

  45. Ang R August 18, 2019 at 2:56 am

    I had no idea people intentionally kept ants

  46. Z0N00B Fred Boy August 18, 2019 at 3:58 am

    11:07 am i the only ones that nostalgia on FNaF When Power Out Song?

  47. jamaalove39 August 18, 2019 at 4:12 am

    I heard the “Classical” FNAF theme

  48. Anna Turi August 18, 2019 at 4:18 am

    This was strangely relaxing

  49. Think Of A Mexican Name August 18, 2019 at 4:59 am

    AntsCanada: Mentions Phillipines
    Filipinos: Let us Introduce ourselves

  50. じゃがいもマディ August 18, 2019 at 5:18 am

    My anxiety level went "?"

  51. Will Ferrel August 18, 2019 at 6:24 am

    i dont get it, why do you keep ants?

  52. Anthony Lee August 18, 2019 at 7:25 am

    My first ever simulation video game is SimAnt by maxis.. Love it to death.

  53. mrhypencleo hipona August 18, 2019 at 8:56 am


  54. Kroni_ Budakmotor_official August 18, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Me:trying to take care of ants

    Also me: just started a ant war

  55. ThisIsSolution August 18, 2019 at 11:57 am

    I used to play SIM ANT

  56. Hashir Raja August 18, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Who thought it was a shark in the thumbnail

  57. Xavier Alicea August 18, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Seems like you can play God with these ants.

  58. kxmode August 18, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Army Ants > Fire Ants

  59. Pia Mercuri August 18, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I can feel this video crawling on me.

  60. abshak amalu August 18, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    why am i watching this? my whole body is tickling now cause i have the feeling these ants are here x.x

  61. MysticAnimal Goddess August 18, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Oh well time to burn the house down XD

  62. glichykitten lps August 18, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Freddy fazbear plays that song

  63. PsychoAlexander August 18, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    TIL people keep ants, what's next? Farming cockroaches for food?

  64. CLEcam8 August 18, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I Have a solution to this problem and it involves all the ants you have, a trash can and garbage truck.

  65. Pn Colette August 18, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    "We all love spoiling our ants."

  66. Benjamin August 18, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    You are a good kind of God. Making sure they don't die and giving them space and all…

  67. Chloe Vampirica August 18, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    All hell is about to break loose


  68. Mimi August 18, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    I feel bad now. I just destroyed a colony in my garden ?

  69. Tom X2 August 18, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    “Hey Dave where are your ants”
    opens cookie jar

    closes cookie jar

  70. pg r August 18, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    No one:

    Youtube: My AnTs aRe pLaNniNg aN eScApE

  71. GloomyWolf LTU August 19, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Imagines if ALL the break free into your home!!!
    My worst nightmare…

  72. Erra Titan August 19, 2019 at 12:19 am

    We must go to war with this man and his ants.

  73. Kevin Castro August 19, 2019 at 12:23 am

    And now I’m itchy

  74. Rohan Hutchison August 19, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Youre next

  75. Brendan McElligott August 19, 2019 at 2:15 am

    I'm watching this in the dark and swatting at every piece of lint in my peripheral vision.

  76. ladylestranj August 19, 2019 at 2:23 am


  77. sa22see August 19, 2019 at 4:19 am

    How in hell! Did I end up here? ?

  78. berry August 19, 2019 at 4:24 am

    I'm terrified of ants but this is cool

  79. Lettuce Queen August 19, 2019 at 4:49 am

    It's like 1am right now I have school in two days I need to be alseep

  80. Macey B August 19, 2019 at 5:26 am

    Would would you even keep fire ants in a box anyway ??

  81. Kristen Randall August 19, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Neat video, but the stool is a hexagon, not an octagon.

  82. Pu ps August 19, 2019 at 10:07 am

    What would u do if they escaped

  83. Galaxy Universe August 19, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    I'll just get a dog… or maybe a cat..

  84. Tyler Burnard August 19, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Do they bite you?

  85. VertigoGD August 19, 2019 at 2:47 pm


  86. Theresa Lili August 19, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    15 mins of watching ants….amazed. Why though do I want to keep ants?

  87. Liz Crowley August 19, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Ha! I had those things in my yard. I finally managed to move to a place that didn't have them. There is no freaking way they are coming in my house in any container.

  88. Ruby O Gorman August 19, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Yeah I'll stick with the goldfish..

  89. Bob Obo August 19, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    How did you manage that there is enough fresh air in the tubes?

  90. Rymphang Lyngdoh August 19, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    So what if they get fall sick…. How do you treat them

  91. Roger SoCal August 19, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Hey, I recognize your voice ! You're kinda famous ! Best wishes !!!

  92. ZelTheWeavile August 20, 2019 at 12:58 am

    I know that everyone is saying rude things and all about you and what you make on YouTube, but not everyone agrees with them.

    I love what you’re doing, and I find it quite interesting and enjoyable to watch. Your voice is always calm, even when handling these tough creatures. So I thank you for doing what you’re doing

  93. Emily The Filth Clown August 20, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Too dangerous.

  94. idkwhatimdoing86 August 20, 2019 at 1:17 am

    imagine if he blasted air compressor in that thing

  95. Thresh Gaming August 20, 2019 at 1:17 am





  96. South Florida Archery Guy August 20, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Does your landlord know about this??!!

  97. Kelvin Marc Cadiz August 20, 2019 at 2:15 am

    This is mikey bustos ants

  98. Lisa Kelly August 20, 2019 at 3:36 am

    He gonna wake up to ants all over his walls

  99. Tia McBride August 20, 2019 at 4:37 am

    We have an ant colony (tiny black ants) that always shows up in our cooler of sugar.. How do we stop them? They get into every thing! I'm sick of drinking them -.- Plus get if you crack open my wall you would see a whole wall full of them. It's not fun keeping ants you don't want -.- Slammed the door once and it was a flood of black ants literally.

  100. Alex Rodriguez August 20, 2019 at 5:50 am

    You sound like Shino Aburame. It's dope. Don't even like ants but YouTube suggested it to me ?

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