Friday, October 16, 2009

Ant Dance

I haven't posted in a couple of days because (1) things have been so busy and (2) I've been feeling a bit under the weather. Well, the status hasn't really changed much but I thought I would do something brief here.

Yesterday I discovered a trail of little black ants going across the bathroom floor. I hate those ants!!!

Rather than squish them out of existence, I checked to see where they were coming from and where they were going to. It looked like they were emerging from some hole between the carpet and the baseboard in the bedroom and then marching somewhere into the tile around the shower. What they were looking for or whether this was just some ant short cut I don't know, but I sprayed both entrance/exit points.

Then I got out the vacuum and swooped up all the ones on the floor.

Have you ever wondered what happens to ants if you vacuum them up? I always wondered if that killed them. Someone told me it did because of the pressure but that didn't make sense to me.

Since we now have a Dyson with the clear plastic trash container instead of the traditional opaque bag, I was able to look and see for myself what happens to these little punks once they're swallowed up.

Lo and behold, they were inside the cannister moving around! Well not all of them; some were smashed and dead but there were enough walking around to demonstrate that they do indeed survive when vacuumed.

I turned on the vacuum and watched them do a recreation of Dorothy leaving Kansas for Munchkinland. Then I turned off the vacuum and watched them settle down. And start moving around again.

After doing this several times, I figured I should stop because I wouldn't want to break the vacuum on account of a bunch of stupid ants. I emptied out the trash cannister into a bag, then tied up the bag so the ants couldn't get out.

And that was my scientific experiment for the day. My hoped-for hypothesis, that ants die when vacuumed, was disproved via observation. Grr...

Sorry, no YouTube.. don't have time!

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