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Josh-D. S. Davis

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Ants
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Last year and this year, we've had cooperative ant colonies invade. We've seen large and small ants sharing trails and helping with defense and food.

Pyrithrins seem to kill off the larger species, but the smaller ants came back after a short time.

The problem is that they're faster. As in, turbo speed. They're just ho humming along at normal tiny ant speed, and right before my finger gets to them, they go into turbo speed and run like I've never seen, better than an inch per second. They also use evasive maneuvering that's pretty impressive.

Ultimately, the evil human destroys the individuals, but the only thing they fear is wintergreen oil. Unfortunately, that only lasts for about a week.

I guess I need to buy a pint of the oil and a gallon of denatured alcohol (because it's cheaper than everclear), mix it up, and hose down the entire perimeter of my house, and each day, move a little further out, until I have a barrier around the yard.

Except, swarm intelligence... They'll drop in from the trees. Sneaky devils.

I've yet to see a flying scout ant carry another ant, but I wouldn't put that past them either.
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Our new house appears to have ants. So far, they are just outside but when we move our stuff (including food) in I am concerned they will come in. We have exterminators coming today so I hope they can do something.

They will adapt. I promise. They amount to 12-25% of the animal biomass of the continent. They win over roaches by a long shot.

Even though ants are technically a degenerate form of wasps, some wasps are really good antkillers. (Yes, some ants have stingers in addition to their formic acid injecting mandibles.)

Also, if you don't poison the ground, anteaters can be effective.

Also, you can "feed the ants" and they will always go to the feeding hole rather than into your house.

Also, all of your dry foods in the pantry should be stored in stoppered, glass containers or otherwise sealed more than a chipclip.

Also, if you find ants, do not crush them along the ant trail. Collect or lure them away, and then kill them elsewhere. Ant guts give off pheromones which bring more ants.

Coffee grounds... ants (and most other insects) hate them, and Starbucks will give them to you, in bulk, for free. It's also a pretty organic solution. Use those around the perimeter to form a barrier, and it will last a lot longer than a liquid solution.

oooo. I will have to try this. Knowing my luck, they will love the coffee grounds and will eat them.

Hrm, maybe I can fertilize my sideyard with them too.

Re: Coffeeee Ants

Not so much for the fertilizing, but if you want to get into composting, you can use the grounds for that, as well as insect control.

Well, at least the acidity is good for my azaleas...

which, hrm... The ants haven't been in that corner for a while.

Maybe you missed that part in Star Trek concerning collective intelligence: RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.

No no, I'm fully aware of ants' superiority to humans.

A small colony is roughly equivalent brainpower to a human.

Very successfully mutated wasps.

Also, the large and small ants *might* be from the same colony. The colony grows them in different sizes according to their jobs. Ants aren't generally the friendliest toward outsiders, though there are exceptions. Imported fire ants in particular enjoy kicking the snot out of other species.

Luckilly, these are not large or small fire ants.

Yes, I noticed in surfing yesterday that some species will have different sized workers, depending on various factors.

Freaky.

At least these aren't the kind with stingers. Now, though, I feel bad for running off the wasps, because they might have been feeding on the ants.

I think I need to just give in and start feeding the colonies so they stay out of the house.

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