Ants came a crawling
Crawling in the kitchen
Gave my flesh the jitters
Started my body itching
A scream came a screeching
Screeching from my mouth
People all around me
Believed I'd seen a mouse
“Mom! Mom! Mom!”
My voice finally said
“There's a gazillion ants
Treading o’er the bread
Another million ants
Are carrying away the cheese
Sheesh! Good grief!
Ants are crawling up my knees!"
Don’t know from where
These audacious creatures came
Only that they're carting off our food
Without an ounce of shame
They climbed up on the counter
Hoping to share a crumb
But then they saw the hunk of cheese
And said, "Ooo! Yeah! Get some!"
Then they started partying
Ooo… they were getting down
With no human giants around
To knock them on the ground
They commenced helping themselves
Without thank you or please
Littering the kitchen
Like a swarm of bumblebees
"Mom! Mom! Mom!
Come on and take a look!"
Cause now they're eating salted chips
O'er in the breakfast nook!"
They ate all the tossed salad
Right from your flowered bowl
They ate Dad’s shiny apple
Nuts and cinnamon roll
They even ate brother’s
Red and white candy stick
Poor boy—He never even
Got to take a lick!
Ooo yeah! Watch out!
Those pests are in great trouble now
Mom has finally shown up
With a can of Ant Ka-Pow!
Ooo yeah! She's spraying
Mist poison about the place
Right in some insects' foot steps
Right in a bugger's face
Now across the counter
Wet ants can't move no more
'Cept sprayed runners falling
Down to the wooden floor
With panicking speed
Some hurried out the door
I doubt it very seriously
If they'll be back for more
I'm pretty sure they've learned
That whene'er Mom gets mad
It's best to get out of her way
Ooo yeah! My mom is bad!
© By R. Renée Bembry
How to Get Rid of Ants in Your Kitchen
Whenever you see a single ant in your kitchen, it is best not
to dismiss it simply because it is one little ant. It is best not
to think that one little ant could not do much harm. Getting
rid of ants, even when only one is present, could mean the
difference between getting rid of a solitary ant and getting
rid of thousands ants in your kitchen.
When one ant shows up, view the little bugger as a “scout”
looking for food so he can tell his crew where to find it.
Ants do not appear in kitchens in streams simply because
they wake up one morning and decide to visit Nancy. They
appear all together because a scout or a few scouts hunted
your kitchen down and found foodstuff that ignited their
senses. Then they went to the nest and told their fellow
ants to “follow that scented trail!”
If you miss the scouts or you simply were unable to
prevent scouts from relaying their signals to fellow
ants... Read full article HERE.
Do all ants sting?
Stinging ants can leave arms
and legs covered with small
annoying bumps. Ant stings
can also cause large painful
swells. These itty bitty
members of the Formicidae
family may be tiny but
an ant sting can pack a
But does this mean
all ants sting?
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Honeypot ants, often called honey ants, store food to feed the members of their colonies. Unlike bees and other ants that stock food, however, honeypots store their food inside some of the worker ants' bodies. The workers with the food stored inside their bodies hang from ceilings inside ant tunnel walls sort of like fruit hangs from trees. When the other ants get hungry, they simply crawl over to a storage worker and drink their fill.
Honeypots get food they store from fellow worker ants that collect honeydew from plants and aphids. Once the collecting workers get enough honeydew, they take it to storage workers and squirt it into their mouths. Honeypot storage ants may swallow honeydew on their own as well.
Although honeydew may be the type of food honeypots store the most they also store water, and other nutritious foodstuff.
Honeypots that store food can hold enough food in their bellies to make their tummies look as large as playing marbles.
Honeypots live underneath the ground mostly where climates are hot and dry.
They belong to the Formicidae family.
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Antlions, also written as ant lions, are bugs that belong to a family of insects known as neuropteran insects. Antlions are sometimes called doodlebugs. Some kinds of baby antlion larvae live beneath dry sandy dirt and trap insects in order to eat. These antlions use the bottoms of their bodies to dig through sandy particles when building their nests. What is more is that these antlions use their nests to trap food.
When building their nests, antlions use their heads to lift particles so they can move them out of the way. Once they finish digging, they wind up with cone shaped pits. Antlions live at the bottoms of their pits. They are able to catch prey that crawl across the tops of the pits because the sand is so loose that bugs walking across it find themselves sliding downward into the holes.
While waiting to trap insects, antlions cover their bodies with sand. In order to see what is going on, however, they do not cover their heads. This way, once ants and other insects that antlions eat enter the trap, antlions are ready to toss sand at the prey causing it to continue sliding downward. Tossing sand causes the sand traps to become more slippery.
After trapping insects, antlions inject poison into them. Then antlions suck fluids from the prey until its insides dry out. Ant lions do not like to keep dried out insects in their homes, so they throw the victims out once they finish sucking them dry.
How to tell the difference between a centipede and a millipede
Although centipedes are supposedly one hundred legged creatures and millipedes one thousand legged creatures, centipedes can actually have more legs than millipedes!
Centipedes are fierce hunters who live in dark places where they prey on bugs such as silverfish, slugs, and worms. Their habitats usually place them under rocks, leaves, and sticks or logs.
Millipedes do not have the hunting skills centipedes possess. In fact, millipedes do not hunt for food nor do they eat meat.
Although millipedes mimic centipedes by living under rocks, leaves, and sticks or logs, millipedes live in these areas to gain access to different kinds of plants they eat.
Whereas centipedes can be helpful to humans by keeping down bug populations in and around their homes, millipedes - due to their diets - can be problematic...
Ant stages from eggs to larvae to pupae
Baby ants come from ant eggs laid by queens and cared for
by workers. Queen ants lay eggs in nests built by workers.
Worker ants are female. They build nests under rocks, logs,
twigs, bricks, cement, and even underground near plant roots.
Worker ants also build nests in other kinds of places including
places that are dark, inside and outside of trees, and other
places out of the way from predators. Ant predators include
other kinds of ants, some types of birds, bears, and spiders.
Ant eggs are white and round. They are so tiny that they look almost
like dots. After queens lay eggs, workers care for them by carrying
them from one place to another whenever they need to be relocated.
Workers also make sure there is food available when the babies hatch.
Workers do this because baby ants go through developmental stages
called metamorphosis before leaving their nests. Babies must go
through these stages before they can fully care for themselves.
Metamorphosis stages baby ants go through are kind of like what
happens with butterflies and moths change. When ants change, they go
from egg stage to a larvae stage to a pupae stage. Ant larvae look like
worms and pupae look kind of like rice. Pupae ants are really babies
Baby ants cannot walk because they do not have legs. They cannot see
because they have no eyes. Their lack of being able to move about or
see to their surroundings makes it clear why they need workers to
Just like cats, dogs, and other types of mammals, ants, called nurses,
lick baby ants in order to keep them clean. It is not that baby ants are
dirty in the way other animals get dirty and need baths, however. The
reason baby ants need cleaning is that a sweet liquid comes from their
little larvae bodies. As the workers lick the larvae to remove the liquid,
the liquid nourishes the workers.
Although worker ants care for baby ants during most of their infant
lives, when it is time to grow up, ant larvae start taking care of
themselves by spinning silk cocoons, their bodies make, around
themselves. This is when baby ants turn into ant pupae and begin to
look like tiny caterpillars, or small pieces of rice. After baby ants live
inside their silk cocoon homes long enough to grow up and mature, they
break out of the shells. Sometimes, worker ants help them once again
by participating in tearing apart the cocoon shell. Queen ants help
remove cocoons from their offspring as well.