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Bizarre ant colony

Oct 2, 2016

Bizarre ant colony discovered in an abandoned Polish nuclear weapons bunker Scientists describe workers trapped for years in “a hostile environment in total darkness.” For the past several years, a group of researchers has been observing a seemingly impossible wood ant colony living in an abandoned nuclear weapons bunker in Templewo, Poland, near the German border. Completely isolated from the outside world, these members of the species Formica polyctena have created an ant society unlike anything we’ve seen before. The Soviets built the bunker during the Cold War to store nuclear weapons, sinking it below ground and planting trees on …

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Could ants be the solution to antibiotic crisis?

Oct 2, 2016

Could ants be the solution to antibiotic crisis? Bacterial defences of fungus-farming ants could help in medical battle against superbugs Scientists have pinpointed a promising new source of antibiotics: ants. They have found that some species – including leaf-cutter ants from the Amazon – use bacteria to defend their nests against invading fungi and microbes. Chemicals excreted by the bacteria as part of this fight have been shown to have particularly powerful antibiotic effects and researchers are now preparing to test them in animals to determine their potential as medicines for humans. Doctors say new antibiotics are urgently needed as …

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6 things you didn’t know about ants, and how to kill them

Sep 27, 2016

6 things you didn’t know about ants, and how to kill them   Ants are marvelous creatures.     They’re organized, brave, strategic – and you may have heard about how certain ants can lift up to 50 times their body weight.     But here’s where ants aren’t so marvelous: In your home.     Ants are among the most-common household pests in the world, parading through the kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces of city dwellers and suburbanites alike.     Of course, it’s easy to dismiss their presence as a harmless nuisance, but when you find them in your loaf …

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Sep 26, 2016

Finding new species may call to mind images of scientists tracking mysterious footprints in the mud or cutting paths through the dense jungle. But sometimes, a discovery is as easy as getting a frog to open its mouth and say, “Ah.” Such is the case for Lenomyrmex hoelldobleri, a new tropical ant species found in the belly of a diablito, or little devil frog (Oophaga sylvatica), in Ecuador. The diablito, a kind of bright orange poison frog, is known for its love of ants, says Christian Rabeling, a myrmecologist at the University of Rochester, New York. The new ant species …

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how to get rid of ants

Jun 9, 2016

Although ants generally don’t cause harm to people – they don’t carry disease, like some other pests – an infestation can be a major nuisance. “Ants can be extremely persistent creatures, seemingly coming from nowhere and can be difficult to entirely get rid of,” says Kelly Garvin of Greenix Pest Control in Dublin, Ohio. Fortunately, DIY and professional pest removal options are available. Ants typically invade your home for one reason: food. Most feed on sugary or greasy items. Sugar ants – also called odorous house ants – are one of the most common ant invaders and among the first …

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