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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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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.


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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