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    Surprise Ant Farm

    So I was cleaning out my kitchen cupboards today when I decided to throw away a box of ginseng extract that seemed to have been attracting ants. I removed the last few bottles and went to dump the ants out over my Neps when I noticed that they were tending eggs! I think I spotted a queen in there, too. I don't have room for any colonies of house ants around here, so they're still going to be plant chow, but for now I've left the nest/box intact until I can snap some pics.
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    Neat. What are you going to do afterwards? Exterminate them?
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    lol they arent the horribly gigantic black ants we get here in western washington are they!? i hate those things.

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    No, they're really small and smell kind of like sour milk. I believe they're called odorous house ants.
    I'm not going to squish them, but they do need to go, one way or another. I don't think they'd survive if I just put the box outside somewhere, so I'm going to leave them on my Nep shelf and they can fend for themselves. If the plants are generous with their nectar, I suppose the colony could live on indefinitely, but they'll have to contend with the troupes of outdoor ants that visit from my yard.
    ~Joe
    o//~ Livin' like a bug ain't easy / My old clothes don't seem to fit me /
    I got little tiny bug feet / I don't really know what bugs eat /
    Don't want no one steppin' on me / Now I'm sympathizin' with fleas /
    Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~

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