Ants Can Combine to Form a Makeshift Raft

AntsIt’s no surprise that insects can be determined, resourceful and downright clever creatures—traits that serve them well when they need to survive in less than ideal conditions. But new research has uncovered a fascinating technique that allows ants (or at least a certain type of them) to survive even during a flood.

A team of scientists wanted to figure out how fire ants could survive while floating in water for days. The scientists were surprised to learn that the ants had figured out a way to bind themselves together in a way that formed a sort of raft that could float effortlessly for days. Not only was this ant-based raft water-repellant, but it was also extremely strong and durable.

While this phenomenon is an impressive show of creativity and imagination, it may also illustrate the survival skills of ants and other insects—skills that make them challenging to eliminate and allow them to exist and even thrive under harsh conditions such as the presence of large volumes of water.

That’s why it takes diligence and persistence to outsmart and eliminate pests. That, and some effective pest control products. You need to outsmart these pests and have a smart strategy that can help you figure out how to get rid of ants.

Fortunately, ePestSolutions has a wide variety of insecticide products that can get rid of virtually any type of pest problem you may have—including raft-building ants!

Monica Bird (946 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.


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