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  • Posted Weaver Ant Farming to Ant Blog
    Dear AntAsk Team, Weaver ant larvae is a commodity here in Indonesia, we use weaver ant larvae for dietary supplement to improve the performance of songbirds before bird singing competition and carp fishing bait. Throughout the year weaver ant larvae...
  • Posted Poisoned baits are not eliminating the ants from my house to Ant Blog
    We have had ant problems in the house every spring and summer and have had good success in getting rid of them by using Terro. It is now September and we have a new wave coming inside but this time...
  • Posted Brown ants moving in mass along sidewalks to Ant Blog
    Hello, I am in Toronto and have located a colony of small reddish/brown ants living under the 6x6 wooden ties surrounding my lawn. My question is: are these ants beneficial to the eco-system and should therefore be simply left alone?...
  • Posted Ants in an ant hill to Ant Blog
    How many ants are in one ant hill? Samir Dear Samir, Thanks for your question! Ants are abundant: they collectively rival with humans as dominant organisms on terrestrial ecosystems, weighing as much as all humans present on Earth; and, combined...
  • Posted Ants and Disease to Ant Blog
    Hello, this is a very strange situation but I have a 10 month old baby in my home and I am concerned. A couple of weeks ago I went in to the backyard and noticed my dog was playing with...
  • Posted Ants in concrete foundation to Ant Blog
    Hi - and help!? We live in Northern Alberta, Canada. Over a year ago, we discovered ants - lots of ants - coming up into our furnace room through a crack in the concrete foundation of our basement. My husband...
  • Posted Ant social status to Ant Blog
    Hi, I was curious if ants have a social status within their sub sectors (worker, male). How do they obtain a higher status? And if so does this give them more privilages (ie a bigger living space, more food,...
  • Posted Ant histology and nervous system to Ant Blog
    My name is Joseph, a senior biologist at the University of Scranton. I am currently conducting research on morphometric of ants, but we are having some issues. I was curious if you had any papers on the histology of...
  • Posted Cohabiting ants to Ant Blog
    Hi there, loving your page! I am on holiday in Andalucia, southern Spain, and right by our front door there is a colony of what look like harvester ants. No more than fifteen centimetres away there are some holes from...
  • Posted Neighborhood ant farm?! to Ant Blog
    I have an ant infestation in my house and I have just begun terro traps. I have already attempted an ant killer by black flag but unfortunately that failed because they weren't attracted to it. I was speaking with one...
  • Posted Battleplan to Ant Blog
    Hi, I stumbled upon your site while googling 'how to make peace with your ant infestation' (there seem to be no suggestions on that, by the way). I thought perhaps someone could offer advice for our particular situation. I live...
  • Posted What are the ants on these capers? (Dror, Israel) to Ant Blog
    I saw quite a few of these ants on Capers buds this morning. They are quite large -- around 10 mm. Location is Jerusalem, Israel. Can you help in identifying them? thanks, -- Dror Dear Dror: The ants are...
  • Posted Relocating thatch ants to Ant Blog
    Hi- We have a huge colony that has seems quite mature. Has been there for a long time. They are small black and red ants and they have a nasty little bite. Unfortunately we need to place a structure...
  • Posted What can humans learn from ants? (Jacqueline, Portland, OR, USA) to Ant Blog
    Hello, When comparing human infrastructure and ants what would you say is their most common behaviors? Do you think there is anything humans could learn from ant behavior? Dear Jacqueline, When human designers, architects, engineers, and computer scientists turn...
  • Posted My cat found this large black ant (Rogers, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) to Ant Blog
    Hi guys, Im from Hamilton Ontario in Canada. My cat found this ant walking up the wall in my kitchen. I apologise for the goopy mess but when she caught it I smucked it afraid with the chompers on that...
  • Posted My cat found this large black ant (Rogers, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) to Ant Blog
    Hi guys, Im from Hamilton Ontario in Canada. My cat found this ant walking up the wall in my kitchen. I apologise for the goopy mess but when she caught it I smucked it afraid with the chompers on that...
  • Posted My cat found this large black ant (Rogers, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) to Ant Blog
    Hi guys, Im from Hamilton Ontario in Canada. My cat found this ant walking up the wall in my kitchen. I apologise for the goopy mess but when she caught it I smucked it afraid with the chompers on that...
  • Posted Small black ants (Michael) to Ant Blog
    Dear Ant Experts, I read with interest your comments to Anna's invasion of ants. I have had to control these ants from entering the house using diluted permethrin. Of course I have observed their behaviour after spraying. Those that were...
  • Posted Can I train ants? (Ryan) to Ant Blog
    Hello Antblog, I am interested in conducting some experiments with ants and I had a few questions I'd like to ask before I get started and I thought your site would be a good place to start. 1) Can...
  • Posted How do ants choose the next queen? (Nora) to Ant Blog
    Hello Experts, I am wondering how the ants decide who will be the new queen when the old one needs to be replaced. I understand that the workers can feed some larvae a special diet so they will develop into...
  • Posted Why are these ants dying? (Rumesh) to Ant Blog
    Hi AntAsk, Just wanted to inquire as to why would ants suddenly die ? When I mean ants i mean almost all of the same type... somewhat of a kind of small fire ants... but they are dying everywhere, and...
  • Posted What does ant dung look like? Cristina to Ant Blog
    Hi! I came across your interesting website and I wanted to find out if there are any images available for what ant dung looks like. Many thanks, Cristina Hi Cristina, Thanks for your question! I have to admit, although I've...
  • Posted What are ants doing in our house? (Antananarivo, Madagascar) to Ant Blog
    We are living in Madagascar. It is winter so it is dry. There is a stream of ants that pass through our living room. They don't do any damage and don't seem to be carrying any food. They are...
  • Posted Do Ants have hearts? to Ant Blog
    I know ants don't have true hearts or bloodvessels but how do they push things around their bodies? Where is the "pump" located? Thanks Lynn Dear Lynn, Ant, like all other insects, do not have an arteries or vein system,...
  • Posted Gold, flying ants (Ontario, Canada) to Ant Blog
    Today, my husband and I were walking out of our house in a small town in Ontario, Canada near our capital city, Ottawa.... And suddenly, our entire concrete patio out front was COVERED in these tiny golden colored ants, and...
  • Posted Ants removing dead bodies of nest mates to Ant Blog
    Hello, I briefly perused your blog and found it most interesting and informative. I have a question (similar to this one) regarding how ants deal with dead ants. Your answer is along the same lines of what I read in...
  • Posted Ants and water to Ant Blog
    Hi AntBlog, Do ants need water in their nests? And, if so, how do they get it there? I assume individual ants need water - the commonly held belief that ants come in kitchens for water - is that true?...
  • Posted Ants in organic gardening to Ant Blog
    Dear AntWeb, I am curious about ants and I'd like to know If they (like Formica rufa) have potential to keep caterpillars or other "pest" away from cultivated vegetables. I guess yes, though there must be some difficulties to move...
  • Posted Can you help ID this insect? (Meredith, Central Massachusetts, USA) to Ant Blog
    I found a few if these insects in my yard the other day. At first I thought they were red ants, but in trying to identify them in line, I am now wondering if they are some sort of wingless...
  • Posted Ants around my house... good or bad? (Paula, British Columbia, Canada) to Ant Blog
    Hello! I have one to two colonies of small black ants living in the outside bricks and walls of my home. I live on the West Coast of British Columbia in Vancouver and they appear every spring and last all...
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