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Josh-D. S. Davis

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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.

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