Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Marching ants


I've had my share of ant adventures living here but never with a marching army.
As I write this post Tuesday night, it has been about 60 hours since this batallion 
disappeared to who-knows-where. They can go wherever they want for all I care, 
as long as they don't set up camp inside the house, at which point I will declare war.



20 comments:

  1. I can't believe the hens aren't having a feast. Maybe ants don't taste good.

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  2. I too thought the girls would be all over this moveable feast. That said, in the words of our Great Texas Guru "Been days when it pleased me To be on my knees Following ants, as they crawled across the ground" (Willie)

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  3. It appears they are relocating under your house! I would be so tempted to interrupt the 'trail' and cause ant chaos...like in the bug movie...was it 'A Bug's Life', or 'Bug Story'??? Can't remember. Anyhow, you just want to be totally sure they don't find their way to your A/C unit. Ants love air conditioners, and it spells R.E.P.L.A.C.E.!

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  4. Are any of them carrying eggs that look like tiny rice? If so, the colony might be moving to a new nest.

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    1. An American in Tokyo9/16/15, 6:10 PM

      I was wondering the same thing as they look like they are moving. If they are moving closer to your house, I would stop them now as they could erode the dirt underneath your house and cause lots of problems! You might as well look under the beam...

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  5. Are you hoping they'll munch up that beam and turn it into compost for you? I'd be very suspicious that your house is next.

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  6. Loved it that you told Johnny to help find them and he got right on it. Are they too big to be carpenter ants? Aunt Jean

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    1. These guys are tiny compared to all the ants that hang out around here - almost as small as sugar ants.

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  7. You may have discovered the reason for that big hole that sucks down all that water in the ground when it floods...

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  8. Oh my gosh - this is such a mystery! And why I have so many undone projects on my list of things to do - every day on a farm brings some unexpected thing to investigate and yes, the whole posse gets involved. :) Love it. Can't wait to see the next installment.

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  9. Time to consult good old E.O. Wilson!

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  10. Check these out, you might be living on top of a massive metropolis rather than south of nowhere:)

    http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/03/concrete-poured-into-ant-colony-reveals-insect-megalopolis/72512/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGJ2jMZ-gaI

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    1. Eeek. My natural sewer behind the barn is starting to make more sense.

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  11. Looks like you need every bit of that posse to help. Too many ants. As long as they keep on moving and not toward the house....

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  12. Cool that they are in a line...wow so many!
    Peach was at least coming up with suggestions...
    I got all itchy just watching....I guess next time you just wear your boots and not mess with Mother Nature?

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  13. I'm still laughing over your chickens talking to you. Lol!! I love Johnny. :)

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  14. You need an anteater!

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  15. they seem to be moving the colony. guess you disrupted the underground empire. now they are coming to colonize your home. hahaha joking!

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  16. Carson, we have fire ants here in California. I bought a bag of diatomaceous earth on Amazon and I throw it on them. It's safe for pets and birds, but it makes insects explode! They eat it and it does something to their exoskeleton...Now we have hardly any ants! I also put it in the outdoor feral cats' food as it will get rid of worms and parasites! :-)

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    1. I use the DE on the garden ants and it works for 3 or 4 days, then they come back, the little buggers.

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