Are ants nocturnal or diurnal?
Neither, ants seldom sleep.
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It's a tale well calculated to keep you in "Suspense". It's a story from an old-time radio show, and the name of the story is Leiningen Versus the Ants. It's a story about mil…lions of army ants swarming, and attacking a South American plantation. It's a scary story. Maybe you've witnessed ants swarming, either on the ground or flying through the air. Sometimes the purpose behind those swarms seems obvious, other times not.When you see ants swarming, you naturally think they are doing so for a purpose. You would be right. You might also think that someone is in charge. Perhaps the queen has given an order to her generals, and the generals have relayed her orders to the soldier and worker ants. You would be wrong in thinking so. No single ant is giving an order. No one ant is telling another ant what is must do, and at what location in the swarm it is supposed to stay in. An ant does not have a very large brain, and an individual ant does not follow orders. It does not know what to swarm means, nor has it been given any order to do so. Unlike someone in a mob of people swarming the barricades, an individual ant has no agenda, nor does it have a goal. It just follows rules and plays out its role.It may seem at first to be a contradiction to the above, but there is intelligence involved. While the individual ant isn't all that bright, there is something about a colony of ants that indicates the presence of this intelligence. Again, it's not a matter of the queen or a general barking orders. There are no generals in an ant colony. There is just the queen, who doesn't do much except lay eggs, the workers, and the soldiers. Somehow, the work that needs to get done gets done. An individual ant will do its share of the work, and may even do a different task one day than it did the day before. It knows what it is supposed to do because of its interactions with other ants. How all this works is somewhat of a mystery, but when it comes to the colony as a whole, there is intelligence at work. When it is time to swarm, that time has been determined by the collective intelligence of the colony, and not by an individual ant, or by a small committee of ants.While who does what and why in an ant colony does have its mysterious aspects, ant colonies have been the subject of studies for many years. Out of these studies has evolved a theory of swarm intelligence. What this theory says is that individual ants communicate by bump and smell. An individual ant doesn't follow an order. What it follow is a simple rule, a rule that has been programmed into it. Depending upon the nature of a bump or a smell, an ant follows a rule. It goes somewhere and does something, or simply goes nowhere. What swarm intelligence says is swarming is a complex activity, but it is made up of many simple interactions. No one is in charge, though if you insist, you could say the entire colony is in charge.Disturbing a colony of ants may or may not produce a swarming effect, but it can give you a sense of what the swarm intelligence theory is all about. If you disturb an ant nest by removing a protective rock, or kicking at a mound of earth, what you may first observe will seem like utter chaos. From the ants' perspective, what has happened has certainly been an unexpected surprise, but in an instant you'll begin to see group intelligence at work. There are no ants standing around shouting orders or supervising activities. The ants seem to be going in all directions at once, and some no doubt are. They are trying to defend the colony against what is, for a moment at least, an unknown enemy. You'll soon see ants carrying away eggs. This is a case of an ant following a simple rule in the midst of chaos. As things begin to settle down, more and more ants begin to follow their own simple rulesSwarms of flying ants can truly be a sight to behold. One amazing thing about these swarms is that several colonies are often involved, but the swarms happen simultaneously. These flying ants have left their colonies, and left them permanently, as part of a mating ritual. The swarm will fly to what often is a destination that is high off of the ground, where they will congregate and mate. Following mating, the male ants die, and the female ants take off on their own, seeking places to found new colonies. While it can depend upon the species, these flying swarms are normally quite harmless. These ants tend to congregate outdoors, but on occasion may enter a house or a building, where they naturally are not wanted, even if they have entered by mistake. A few species, such as carpenter ants need to be disposed of quickly, lest some decide to stay. Most ants will only be a temporary nuisance.There are a number of species of ants whose swarming habits you don't want to become involved with. Two of these species are fire ants and army ants. Fire ants can deliver painful stings, and have been known to sting both animals and people to death when their nest has been disturbed. A swarm of fire ants can be quite large, but nothing compared to a swarm of army ants. A swarm of army ants can cover acres of land. The ants will literally eat everything in their path that is in any way edible. The story of Leiningen versus the Ants is fictional, but could just as well have been fact. Army ants are terribly destructive to vegetation, but will devour other living things if given a chance to do so. This is one type of swarm best experienced through books, radio programs, or movies.The next time you happen across an ant swarm, take the time to observe what individual ants are doing. Only do this for the more harmless species of course. Even some of those supposedly harmless ants can bite it their little brains have had that rule programmed into them. Should you decide to take up the study of ants, you'll eventually learn that some ants, or more exactly, some ant colonies and swarms, exhibit more intelligence than others. What you will see in all cases however are examples of group intelligence at work.There are no generals in an ant colony. There is just the queen, who doesn't do much except lay eggs, the workers, and the soldiers. Somehow, the work that needs to get done gets done. An individual ant will do its share of the work, and may even do a different task one day than it did the day before. It knows what it is supposed to do because of its interactions with other ants. How all this works is somewhat of a mystery, but when it comes to the colony as a whole, there is intelligence at work. (MORE)
Of all the insects in the world, none are more numerous or invasive as the ant. Ants have conquered the globe and inhabit every region except for the frozen tundra and a few i…solated islands. They live alongside us and ofte times the boundaries between our world and theirs collapses. When ants invade our homes, it can cause major problems. Fortunately, there are easy steps that can be taken to help rid your home of its ant problem.Keeping the foliage and trees trimmed and under control helps reduce the chances of an infestation by ants. It is important to keep mulch, grass, shrubs, and all plant life away from the house. Your ornamental plants and shrubs are like a natural a highway bridge for ants and other pests and allow them to gain access to your home. Keeping the lawn mowed and creating a physical barrier made of stone or pavers around the exterior of the home can help reduce the chances of ants getting in.Keep entry points that the insects can use to a minimum. The most common sources of entry for ants are holes under doors and windows, cracks in the wall, and holes around pipes and wires. This can be a tough aspect to remedy, but a little caulk and some door jambs can really go a long way. Sealing any cracks and crevices can keep the wandering ants from finding a way into your home and is an important step to take in ant-proofing your home.Cleanliness is a vital step to take when getting rid of your home's ant problem. Ants are really looking for just the basic things they need to survive, such as food, water, and shelter. Your kitchen is a buffet of food and is also a common access for water for all sorts of insects. Keeping the kitchen clean and tidy will help reduce ant populations.Besides keeping the kitchen clean, the entire house needs routine cleaning too. This is because ants lay down pheromone trails as they scout for food. If these trails are destroyed, the rest of the colony cannot find their way into your home.You can do everything you can to keep ants out of your home, but if you have a massive ant mound just yards away in your backyard, there is not much you can do. The best action is to eliminate the source and target the ant mound itself. Eliminate the source of the infestation and you can more easily clean up the ants who find their way into your home.We share this world with many insects, and one of the most numerous is the ant. While a valuable part of the natural balance, when ants invade our homes it becomes a major ant problem. There are simple steps that can be taken to reduce the chances of ants finding their way into your home. Utilizing these pointers can help you live in harmony with the scurrying ants in your yard.Did you know that scientists estimate there are at least 1.5 million ants on the planet for every human being? Over 12,000 species of ants are known to exist, on every continent except Antarctica. Most live in tropical regions. A single acre of Amazon rain forest may house 3.5 million ants. (MORE)
A line of ants trailing across your floor is never a welcome sight. Your first thought may be to get rid of them with insecticide, but there are other ant removal methods that… are more natural, effective and safe, sparing you and your family from exposure to toxic chemicals.Worldwide, there are 12,000 species of ants. While most ant removal methods are effective on many species, some ants may be resistant to certain efforts to eliminate them. Use the Internet or an insect guide to identify your unwelcome guests.Perhaps the easiest way to eliminate ants from your home is to keep them from entering in the first place. Observe the ants to find out how they are gaining entry, then seal off their passageway. Caulk is ideal for this purpose, but you can also use petroleum jelly or toothpaste in a pinch.Ants may enter your home to find water, food or sweets. If you keep food in airtight containers, remove trash from your home on a regular basis and promptly clean up crumbs and spills, ants have no reason to enter your space. To discourage ants that do make their way into your home, sprinkle pepper or chalk dust in any areas where you notice them.If ants have made their way into your home even though you have taken all precautions, try using a soapy water mixture of 40 percent alcohol, 40 percent water and 20 percent liquid dish detergent. This mixture kills any insect with which it comes in contact. You can pour it onto large colonies of ants in an effort to force them to move elsewhere. As an added bonus, cleaning an area with this solution eliminates the chemical trails that ants leave to alert other ants as to the location of food.Boric acid is toxic to ants, and you can use it as a dust or as a bait. When used as a dust, ants carry the boric acid back to the rest of the colony where they share it with the other ants, and the colony dies. To use boric acid as a bait, mix 1 tablespoon of boric acid with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and 2 tablespoons of jelly. Place the mixture in an area where you have noticed the ants, but keep it away from children and pets.Dessicating dusts, such as garden or food-grade diatomaceous earth, draw moisture from ants, causing them to die. You can apply the dust in cracks before you seal them, or you can apply a light layer of dust to an area where you have seen the ants, and vacuum it up after a few days.It is rarely necessary to resort to insecticides or to call an exterminator for ant removal. Avoid attracting ants into your home by keeping it clean. If they do get in, rely on these natural methods to eliminate them.If you are still having trouble identifying a particular pest, consult your local extension office to speak with an agent. These local experts have the best insight into insect species plaguing your area. Along with helping you make the right identification, an agent can offer useful tips for thwarting an ant invasion of your home or garden. (MORE)
Ant mounds themselves are not a big issue. It is the ants who reside in these innocent-looking structures that present such a big problem. When ants infest your property or yo…ur home, they are a nuisance that no one wants around. When you get rid of the colonies who reside in the ant mounds in your yard, you easily prevent them from invading your home and causing many more problems in the process.A safe, effective treatment for your ant mounds is a simple solution of coffee grounds and water. Save up your coffee grounds in a sealed container, then add water once it is half-full with grounds until you have a sludge. Identify all of the ant hills on your property and mark them with plastic cutlery or bamboo skewers to easily find them at night, when ants are least active. Pour your solution on the ant hills at night and the nitrogen in the grounds makes the ants run away from your yard.Use a free, simple solution for your ant hill problem: boiling water. Boil some water and pour it over any ant hills in your yard that you come across to kill any ants present and destroy much of the hills themselves. Return and repeat the process daily until the hill is destroyed and no ants linger on your property.High grasses encourage ants to set up shop in your yard. It is much easier for the ants to build and maintain their nests with such protection around them. Sometimes simple mowing is all it takes to get rid of your ant hills. Mow regularly and keep your lawn level to discourage the ant populations in your neighborhood. Rake over the hills you see when you finish mowing to help eliminate stragglers.Insecticides are useful, but when you do not wish to harm your pets, children or your lawn itself, there are plenty of other remedies to try besides coffee grounds. Sprinkle Chile pepper, cinnamon or cornmeal into your ant mounds to chase ants away or kill them. Create a solution of sugar and boric acid to work as a poison as well. Watch as the ants carry it into their nest, share it and die from the poison.Find plenty of things that ants do not like in your pantry and try them as you get rid of your ants. Lemon juice, petroleum jelly, salt and vinegar are some other options that are useful as well. When you have a heavy infestation, try using some of the options that also work as fertilizer, such as the coffee grounds, all across your yard as well as directly on ant hills to clear them up.When you do not drink coffee, use the grounds from the community pot at work or have friends and family save you their coffee grounds. (MORE)
Anyone who has suffered an infestation of ants knows that getting rid of them can be a problem. There are many different types of ants. Each has its own preferences for food, …bait, and reasons for coming into your house. In this article, you will learn the good news about dealing with ants, and the bad news about getting rid of them. Although ant colonies might seem impossible to conquer, with the information provided below you can quickly return to an insect-free living space.Ants are tiny, and industrious. They are often featured in fables and folk tales as heroes. Their hard work and team spirit has long been an inspiration to humans. When they are in your kitchen, however, it can be hard to see what is so good about these tiny pests. Ants aren't all bad, however. Members of complex societies with distinctive class groupings, ants are industrious, and can be beneficial for gardeners. They aerate garden soils by digging complex networks of tunnels, and chow down on the eggs of many insects that harm gardens. Additionally, if you happen to have a pet bird or a lizard, ants often make a tasty treat for these animals. Fly fishermen should keep a few on hand for bait, too. If you have young children, an ant farm is an excellent educational resource, just make sure that it is tightly sealed. While it isn't something most people in the United States would want to try, these small insects are a dietary staple in some parts of the world, where they are carefully cultivated and treated as delicacies. Outside of their gardening and educational benefits, and their occasional role in foreign diets, you might be wondering what good ants are. After all, they seem more like a rather annoying pest problem. Take an ant invasion as a clue that something isn't right with your home, however. Follow the colonies and see how they are entering your home. Ants like moisture; they look for weak seals, and for crumbs or food scraps that are strewn about. If you look for how the ants appeared in the first place, and why, then you can use the presence of a colony in your home as a means of improving the structure itself. After all, if ants got in, something else might be able to, as well.The bad side of ants is the one we think about most often. There are more than 10,000 types of ants in the world, and many of them are downright scary. From carnivorous ants that look to make a meal out of livestock, and even humans in some parts of the world, to carpenter ants that like the taste of homes, these insects can cause fear in homeowners, and with good reason. Ants often are harbingers of infectious bacteria, such as salmonella, due to their foraging and scavenging behavior. They aren't easy to get rid of, either. You may need to place traps, but it can be difficult to determine what kind of trap to use until you know what type of any you are dealing with. Some ants prefer fats, others sugars, some will eat anything, and others are picky. If you can, capture one of the ants you are dealing with and take it to a university or local insect expert for identification. It can be nearly impossible to determine what you are dealing with otherwise. Many of the products which can be used to get rid of ants are dangerous to children or pets. The capacity for these insects to eat almost anything they come across means that there are very few mild remedies for getting rid of them. Vinegar will confuse them and erase their chemically-delineated food trail. Bay leaf may repel them to some extent. Most other natural remedies are useless against them. Keeping your home very clean and your yard free of rotting wood, tree stumps, and other lawn waste is a good start to preventing a re-infestation once you are ant free. You will also want to check your gutters, windows, doors, and any openings for pipes or electrical wiring to make sure that there are no gaps in their seals, and that they are clean.Ants are positive forces in literature, help feed pets, and sometimes people, and are hardworking insects. They help us to know when the seals of our homes are weak or broken. At the same time, ants can be intimidating, scary, and dangerous. By paying attention to ant infestations and actively working to prevent them, we gain the benefits of increased cleanliness and more tightly sealed homes. The chemicals required may also be dangerous, however, so care should be taken in their use.With more than 10,000 varieties of ants, it probably comes as no surprise that all ants are different sizes. The queen ant is always the largest of any colony. The African diver ants are by far the largest, and can be up to 4 centimeters long. (MORE)
The most numerous of all of the insects, ants are surprising creatures. You know that they are super strong and very industrious. Did you also know that ants are a tough as th…e cockroach and have been shown to survive a wide range of global natural disasters? Read on to find even more amazing ant facts that you probably never even knew.Millions of years ago, the world was not just inhabited by giant reptiles and mammals, but also larger than life insects such as the ant. Between fossilized remains and recent studies into the genetic strains of ant populations, scientists believe these tiny insects are as old as the dinosaurs. They have inhabited the planet alongside dinosaurs, cockroaches, and the woolly mammoth. If this is indeed true, then that also means ants survived the ice age. Maybe the title of survival insect needs to go to the ant and not the cockroach.Ants are one of the most prolific of all insects in the world. Aside from the frozen Arctic and a few isolated islands, every region of the planet has ants. Those that do not have native species have been invaded by other species. They have taken over the world not only by their own power but by taking advantage of human travel. Ants are common stowaways in luggage and other supplies that get transported across borders and over the seas. Some species, like the fire ants, are very invasive and risk destroying some of the natural flora and fauna of the areas they invade.Though it may seem like something from a sci-fi movie, another interesting fact is that they operate with what is known as a hive mentality. Basically, this means that the hive shares a common goal and motive. They function as a group and that group is so unified that they can function as if they were one large organism. Indeed, some scientists refer to these colonies as large living single organisms because they function so well and with such a single purpose. In humans, hive mind would be like an entire state uniting and working towards one goal with no individual thoughts or motivations to get in the way.Ants are not just those tiny little insects scurrying around on the ground, some can be quite large and quite mean. Fossilized remains have been found that were over two-inches long and some were winged variates with more than a six-inch wingspan. Even some of the species alive today can be large and fierce. The famed bullet ant is over an inch long and has a bite that is so painful; it has been compared to being shot. Most of the species are tiny, but even the mini ones can pack a powerful and potentially deadly bite as can be seen with the infamous fire ants.Ants have been shown to have a working relationship with many different strains of fungi. They actually grow and cultivate the fungus for food, and the fungus gets a great place to grow and spread. The relationship with other organisms is not just limited to fungi. These insects also "farm" aphids for the sweet honeydew that they excrete by moving the aphid from one plant to another and taking the honeydew back to their nest. So small compared to humans, yet they have many of the same activities and practices that we do as far as planning, farming, harvesting, and coopering with other species.A surprising fact for many is that some species actually engage in slavery and slave trade. They go out and invade the hives of other ants and steal away eggs and larva to take back to their own hive. These prisoners are either eaten or raised as workers in the hive. Sometimes half of a hive may be made up of ants of other species that came from other hives. Scientists also speculate that some species of would not have survived if they were not a primary target for these enslaving ants and that they cannot support themselves in a full working hive and rely on being cared for as slaves in other mounds.Tiny in size but massive in population, size, and scope, ants are amazing insects. Interesting facts abound and it is high time these amazing little insects got the respect that they deserve. They have infiltrated almost every corner of the world and have survived some of the biggest global catastrophes to impact the earth. Whether they are the extinct giant ants, the tiny yet ferocious fire ants, or the painfully fierce bullet ant, these insects deserve our respect.A surprising fact for many is that some species actually engage in slavery and slave trade. They go out and invade the hives of other ants and steal away eggs and larva to take back to their own hive. These prisoners are either eaten or raised as workers in the hive. (MORE)
Eagles are diurnal, meaning they are most active during the day and sleep at night, like humans.
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