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Interesting Facts About Ants

It is believed that ants are as old as dinosaurs and evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the Cretaceous period, about 140 million years ago. It is believe that they diversified after the rise of flowering plants. There are so many interesting facts about ants and almost all these can astonish you! Here are few facts about ants from the ant control experts at Essen Pest Control:

There are over 12,000 ant species worldwide and it is estimated that there are around 1 million ants for every 1 human in the world!

Ants don't have ears and but they can hear!

Ants use vibrations to hear and use them when they are looking for food or wish to send alarm signals to other ants. Located just below the knee, ants have a subgenual organ which picks ups vibrations in the ground.

Ants don’t have lungs

Oxygen enters through minute holes (spiracles) all over the body and carbon dioxide leaves through the same holes. These spiracles are connected through a network of tubes which help distribute the oxygen to almost every cell in their body.

Ants have two stomachs!

The abdomen of the ant have two stomachs. One stomach holds the food for itself and second stomach is for food to be shared with other ants. This process is called as trophallaxis and helps an ant colony to work efficiently.

Ants can carry 50 times more that their own weight.

Ants are very strong and because of this some species of ants can even lift 100 times its own mass! They get this strength because of their small size. They can produce more force because ants’ muscles have a greater cross-sectional area relative to their body size compared to bigger animals.

Few species of Ants can reproduce via cloning!

Yes, that's true. It is reported that some Amazonian queen ants copy themselves to genetically produce daughters, resulting in a colony with no male ants.

Ants may be compared to human 'farmers'

This will sound interesting to you. Ants actually protect other insects like aphids and give them shelter in their nests from heavy rain showers in order to gain a constant supply of honeydew. It's almost like humans who raise cows, sheep, pigs, chicken, and fish in order to get milk and other foods.

If you think that your home is infested with ants and all your efforts to control them have failed, then you must call a professional pest control company. Essen Pest Control is once such company in Ottawa and you can contact them at 613 804 7378.

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