Ant Farm Safety It is clear that having an ant farm is a great way to experience a creature that very few people take the time to get to know. However, having an ant farm also has its precautions. There are several steps that you must take in order to ensure that you keep your ant farm under control. If you were to ignore these safety measures that you may quickly find your ant farm becoming your entire home. By following these simple steps, you will safeguard your home from any escaping ants, thus saving much time and money on trying to get rid of ants. If you have ever had an ant infestation, is it easy to see how frustrating it is to try to get rid of all the ants. It always seems that right when you think you have killed all of the ants within your home, and entire new colony is found. Many people are afraid that if they have an ant farm, they will experience some type of infestation due to escaping ants. And while this is a threat, there are measures you can take to keep your ants from escaping, thus allowing you to have a worry- free ant farm. The first step you must take in creating a safe ant farm is choosing one that comes with great safety features. There are hundreds of different types of ant farms that you can choose form, however, very few of these ant farms provide you with adequate amounts of protection from any type of ant escapes. The best type of ant farm to choose is one that has very small holes allowing air to come in, but not allowing anything else to go out. Of course, the size of these air holes will mean nothing if you obtain a smaller species of ants. This is where the second step comes into play. Make sure that you always buy ants that are on the larger side. The best ants to purchase for your ant farm are Carpenter or Harvest Ants, these ants are large enough to not be able to fit through the air holes of your ant farm. However, many people already have an ant farm and the top of the farm is exposed, allowing the ants to freely roam out if they were to discover the top of the sand or soil. If you are the owner of a traditional ant farm, one that has an open top, than there are several steps you can take to safeguard your ant farm. The first, is make sure you rub vegetable oil or petroleum jelly on the sides of the ant farm. Just in case any of the ants try to escape the surface would be too slick for them to cross. However, there have been cases of ants literally building bridges over the slick surface, allowing them to cross without any problems. Thus, it is a necessity that you surround your ant farm with some type of moat. By placing your ant farm in a shallow thing of water, you will protect your ants from escaping. Even if they do climb out of the top of the ant farm, they will not be able to cross water, thus, they will have to stay in the farm. These are just several steps that you can take in order to keep your ant farm full of ants, and your house empty of them.