5 Interesting Ant Facts That Will Surprise You
Don’t let their size fool you. There is more to these common household pests than meets the eye. Notorious for raiding kitchens and excavating healthy lawns, ants possess some remarkable qualities that might surprise you. Will it change your contempt for them? Absolutely not (they deserve it). But we thought we’d pass along some of their more fascinating traits.
Think you know all there is to know about ants? Check out these interesting ant facts below.
#1- Ants are unbelievably strong!
They might be tiny, but these critters are crazy strong. Believe it or not, ants can carry up to 50 times their own weight. To put that into perspective, that would be equivalent to a person lifting a car over his or her head. So, if you think an ant is going to have a difficult time hauling away those little pieces of food you dropped, you’d be better think again.
#2- Ants don’t have ears
Unlike rodents or other home invading pests, ants don’t have ears. But that doesn’t mean they can’t hear. In place of auditory canals, ants can “hear” by picking up vibrations in the ground through special sensors on their feet and knees.
#3- Ants can swim
Not in the traditional sense of the word, but several species of ants can swim. Although, they may not be the most proficient swimmers in the animal kingdom—using their own doggy paddle technique—ants are fully capable of surviving in the water for long periods of time. What’s more, these shockingly aquatic insects can actually link together to form living life rafts.
#4. Some ant species are entirely female
Researchers have discovered a remarkable species of ant that is exclusively female. Found in several countries of Central and South America, these unique ants have swapped the traditional method of reproduction, opting to clone females instead.
#5. Ants can be found all over the world
Ants have taken over the planet, with a population that outnumbers humans one million to one. For the most part, these social insects live in colonies that can be exceptionally large, containing millions of ants. There are about 20,000 different species of ants and they can be found on every continent except for Antarctica.
Learning about insects can be interesting. Living with them, on the other hand, not so fun. If you are suffering from an ant infestation, contact Solutions Pest Control. We’ll keep ants out of your home, allowing you to learn about these pests the best way possible—from a distance. Learn more about the most popular ant control services that help control a wide variety of ants like: carpenter ants, pavement ants, and pharaoh ant control services.