If you have children, or if you’re a fan of movies, you’ve probably heard of the Marvel Universe. The movies are wildly popular and feature Iron Man, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, and many others. One of the others is Ant-Man whose most recent film is “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” The premise involves the ability for humans to reduce to the size of insects to save the world.
This isn’t the first film where people imagined themselves to be the size of ants (“Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”), nor movies that focus on these tiny insects (“Antz” and “A Bug’s Life”). Why does this one little insect capture the imagination so often? If you Google “ants”, you get over 581 million hits, of which 888,000 are recent news articles.
This time of year, most of us see ant hills in unappreciated spots in our lawns or gardens. No cute, cuddly animated ants here — just industrious insects going about their business while (perhaps) making a mess of your carefully tended turf. Because there are different types of ants, you’ll want to approach them from different perspectives.
Jeffrey Hahn, Entomologist for the University of Minnesota-Extension has produced a short article that provides identifying insights into these insects.
Recently, two ROTC Cadets survived on ants when they were lost in a training exercise in Hawaii. Read their story here.
As interesting as these creatures are, I think we can all agree that we don’t want them in the house. In a dry summer, though, the ants look for moisture where they can get it — and that includes your basement or kitchen. Today Home recently published an online article that suggests various ways to prevent or get rid of ants in your home. Read it here.
Then, from the if-you-can’t-beat-them-join-them camp comes the Wisconsin State Fair. This year, when you order Ants-on-a-Log, you get real ants!