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Top Ten Questions and Answers About Ants

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1. Why do ants come in the house?

In the spring, as things start to warm up, ant colonies send out “scouts” to forage for food and fuel. [more]

2. Do ants hibernate?

So generally, ants hibernate during the winter, moving deep underground, grouping together, and generally limiting activity to conserve energy. [more]

3. How big is the biggest ant?

5-6 centimeters = over 2 inches. [more]

4. Do ants stretch when they wake up?

When ants wake up they stretch out all 6 of their legs and then open their mandibles as if they are yawning. [more]

5. How does Borax kill ants?

When the ants actually start to eat the Borax, boric acid causes them to get really gassy (gas builds up inside their bodies). Ants don’t get rid of gas like we do, so they eventually die because they can’t expel the gas. [more]




6. Where do ants come from?

Most common ants live outside in the ground, in nests or ant hills. Several hills and nests can make up one colony. [more]

7. What is an Ants life cycle?

The ant life cycle has five stages… [more]

8. When do ants wake up from hibernation?

As it starts to warm up in the Spring (or even late winter) ants will start to become more active in their nests. Some will even venture out onto the snow if it’s sunny enough. [more]

9. Was Ant-Man a good movie?

Just the number one movie in the WORLD!! [more]

10.Do ants poop?

Yes. [more]

Short answers to frequently asked questions at AntsInMyHouse.com

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why are there ants in my house They are looking for food.
how do ants get in the house They are very small.
does finding ants in my house mean i have a nest in my house No. They usually nest outside.
how long do ants live in a house They are usually just visiting. They will only stay as long as there is something to eat.
how to get rid of ants in basement Details here.
why do i attract ants Maybe you have something they want (like food).
why do ants come in house in spring Looking for food.
how long do ants live after eating borax and sugar They usually carry it back to the nest. It can take 2 or 3 days for it to work.
how many ants are in my house More than you can see.
how to find the queen ant in your house She’s not in your house. She’s in the nest in the yard.

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More short answers to questions about ants

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More short answers to frequently asked questions at AntsInMyHouse.com

biggest ant in the world? Over two inches. More here
how to get rid of ants in my house Plug the entry point, take away the attractant, wait. Details here…
does killing ants attract more Yes, they always leave a trail for others to follow and when you kill an ant it sends out a scent signal to call for other ants.
what does it mean when you see a queen ant You’re watching Empire of The Ants on tv?
can ants survive ant powder No. The powders work well, but they do take some time.
if ants show up does it mean i need more order in my house and life No. Order is nice, but it won’t stop ants.
what’s the best ant powder Insectigone Ant Killer.
why does one ant carry another dead ant Nobody get’s left behind!

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What is an ant?

The word “ant” means “the biter”.

Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period.

Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth. The only places lacking indigenous ants are Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands.

Ant societies have division of labour, communication between individuals, and an ability to solve complex problems.

Ants are distinct in their morphology from other insects in having elbowed antennae, metapleural glands, and a strong constriction of their second abdominal segment into a node-like petiole.

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What do ants do in the winter?

ants-3-651817-mAnts just seem to go away in the late fall and we don’t see them again til spring. So, where do they go? Are they hibernating?

I found the answer to that question at AntWeb.org, thank you Ben Rubin.

… As I am sure you know, ants, like most insects, don’t do very well in the cold. But ants are always around in the spring when the weather warms up, so how are they surviving the winter? In general, the temperature underground is quite a bit higher than the air temperature. Ants take advantage of this by moving deeper underground in the winter. Some ant nests can be over 15 feet (4.57 meters) below ground level. They can also stay warm by grouping close together and sharing body heat.And ants in places where it is too cold to gather food during the winter may store food in their colonies and fill their crops (an extension of the gut used to store food and water) so that they do not starve.

So generally, ants hibernate during the winter, moving deep underground, grouping together, and generally limiting activity to conserve energy. Ants that live in particularly cold climates, like Leptothorax canadensis from Québec, Canada, and New England, USA, produce their own biological antifreeze so that the water in their bodies does not freeze. These ants are sometimes exposed to temperatures below -20° C (-4° F) but are able to survive even long cold winters by combining all of these methods for staying warm.

– Ben Rubin & the AntAsk Team