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Ant Anecdotes

The life expectancy of an ant is 45-60 days.

An ant colony frequently has more than one queen.

Ants have two stomachs; one for its own nourishment, one for the colony food.

Worker ants move the lavae deep into the nest at night, during the day the eggs are moved toward the top of the nest for the sun to warm them.

An ant colony has a "graveyard" that is always downhill from the nest.

Ants don't actually "eat" their food, they squeeze the juice from it.

Ants are related to wasps and bees.

Ants have been on earth for 100 million years.

Ants have the largest brain/body ratio among insects.

Ants never sleep.

Dishsoap and vinegar are frequently used to discourage ant nests.

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They can carry 20 times their body size, but anyone who sees a TYPICAL swarm of 70,000 ants seldom pauses to ponder the possibility of ants carrying away their house in a picnic basket!

Actually, ant swarm is more likely to undermine the foundation and tunnel out the siding- as they eat everything else. For your edification in ant identification we have listed here the several more common types of ants found in Minnesota.

The recommended treatment for outdoor ants are sprayed or poured chemical liquids and granules. However, indoor ants often require a professional pest control service, because bait traps will only work for certain types of indoor ants.


Carpenter ants are the largest ants in the north central states, they can grow up to an inch long. They may be black or red and black. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they grind it away to create nest galleries in rotting or soft, wet wood. They eat sweets and meats as well as other insects, both living and dead. The difference between termite and Carpenter ant nests is that the ant galleries are smooth and polished inside. If woodpeckers are attacking your house's siding, it's a good idea to look there for a nest of Carpenter ants.

Cornfield ants rarely nest in homes, their nests create large mounds in the yard.

Pharoah ants and Thief ants are hard to tell apart; both are very small, light-yellow to red colored. Pharoah ants are an invasive species from Africa and require professional pest identification and control. They always live and nest indoors and are primarily found in group quarters like apartments and nursing homes. Their notable behavior is seeking small, dark areas, always near water, to build their nests; and the nests themselves will be hard to find. Thief ants are so named because they nest near other ant colonies to steal the larvae of the other ant species. Thief ants will primarily live and nest outdoors.

Pavement ants are reddish brown to black, an eighth of an inch long and nest under concrete slabs and other concealed areas. Generally, pavement ants are harmless. If they get under a slab foundation they'll need to be treated with bait poison.

The U of M Extension Service is the best resource for determining which chemical to use for a particular type of ant and its nest location.


AShBORERThe City of Minneapolis is asking residents not to prune their ash trees from May until Labor Day to curb the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer.

Sources used for this newsletter:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/housingandclothing/M1166.html

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