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Interesting Facts About AntsPosted June 23, 2022

Even though ants are unwelcome guests in a home, they’re also fascinating little creatures able to lift items significantly heavier than their body weight and known for their diligence and teamwork. They’re even the inspiration for the Marvel superhero Ant-Man.

Let’s look at a few ant facts and myths.

What Is a Hive Mind?

The term “hive mind” is thrown around yet is commonly misunderstood.  Science fiction frequently depicts aliens with a “hive mind” as acting like robots and lacking emotion.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the term as:

The collective mental activity expressed in the complex, coordinated behavior of a colony of social insects (such as bees or ants) regarded as comparable to a single mind controlling the behavior of an individual organism” or “the collective thoughts, ideas, and opinions of a group of people (such as Internet users) regarded as functioning together as a single mind.

Research indicates that individual ants do show signs of emotions, unlike the image of pop culture hive mind members. Collectively, ants can accomplish more due to the hive mind than they can on their own. As both brains and hive minds are further studied, some researchers argue that individual human brains function more like a hive mind than the term would seem to imply!

Do Ants Have Brains?

With all the talk of ants having “hive minds,” people wonder if individual ants have brains. Ants do indeed have individual brains – though they aren’t as complex as ours. Ant brains contain about a quarter of a million neurons. By contrast, human brains have billions of neurons.

Do Ants Send Out Signals?

Yes… ants “send out signals” to other ants all the time. Though when they do this, it’s actually a pheromone trail – not a “signal.”

If an ant finds a dead ant (or that an ant has been killed), it will lay a trail to indicate to other ants that the area is dangerous. Ants also lay trails to new food sources so others from their colony can help bring food back to the nest.

Can Ants Sense Danger?

The degree to which ants can “sense” danger is still being debated. While a few researchers attribute a “danger sense” to ants, hard evidence to back it up has been lacking. Others argue that an ant’s ability to “sense danger” is just another way of saying that an ant is following signs from another ant.

Regardless of how it starts, once an ant is aware that an area is dangerous, it can lay a pheromone trail to warn away other ants. It’s sort of the reverse of what ants do to lay a trail to a new food source.

Call Fox Pest Control For Any Ants Issues

If you think you might have an ant problem, call Fox Pest Control. If you see a few ants, odds are there’s a nest nearby. Worse yet… ant infestations can be difficult to resolve on your own. Fox’s pest control technicians can solve your ant infestation quickly and efficiently. For more information, contact us today.

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