Ants’ Nests: How Do They Work?

When you hear the word “ant”, what do you think of? Probably the little scurrying black creatures that find their way in lines into your home then snack on sweet and sticky food in your kitchen.

Even though having ants in your home is certainly not a good thing, ants are pretty incredible creatures, so even though you might want to get rid of ants, they are more than just household pests. Do know how ants make their nests work, for example? Well, today is your lucky day, as we’ve got all of the information for you right here.

The most common form of ants’ nest is a classic ant hill, which is a large pile of earth that is constructed with soil and matter from trees that creates a mound. Both black and red ants build their homes in a similar way that moles do, excavating work below ground that results in a large mound of soil and other materials.

Ants live in nests that are either single hills or part of a chain of larger nests. Ants enter the nest through a series of holes on top of the ground, with them their main nest residing just below the earth, before breaking off into channels that spiral down further.

Nests can link to each other by using underground channels. Ants that live this way are called mega-colonies, and there can be millions of ants with multiple queens living with connected hills. Some of these mega colonies can stretch over miles, which must certainly be a sight to see.

Experts in the field of entomology have been known to make casts of abandoned ant hills to see what they look like beneath the earth’s surface. These can often be seen on display at museums, and you can also purchase replicas of them as souvenirs.

No one is suggesting that ants are nice, but you have to admit that learning facts about ants and their nests make them an impressive pest to think about. They are intelligent insects that live most of their lives underground so that they can protect themselves as well as their queens. While no one is expecting you to welcome ants into your home or garden, odds are you will be slightly more impressed by them knowing how complex the design and structure of their own homes are.


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