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Intelligent Ants.

Updated on June 3, 2011

Ants reorganizing .

Ants digging deep and pushing sand up to the surface.
Ants digging deep and pushing sand up to the surface. | Source

Takeing note of the Ants behavior .

A few days ago I noticed thousands of ants, covering a large part of our brick patio. Then a day later I took the picture, because sand now covered many portions of the patio. At first I thought, oh well, I guess the ants are coming up for the springtime, to visit our garden.

I became alarmed when the ants activity continued and more and more sand appeared. A friend of mine, whose grandfather planted apple trees in Virginia, years ago, where she was raised, told me that when the ants do this It could mean that a flood or drought is coming. She said that they are reconstructing their ant holes and tunnels to compensate for the weather conditions. So it would be wise for us to follow the ants example and become more industrious, like they are.

We quickly went into drought mode. Meaning, 5 minutes showers would take place until it rained. We are down 8 inches of rain, so far this year. So, I'm thinking we will have a drought this year.

I've taken out the dishpan and will start conserving water while washing dishes. The dishwasher will also be used more than usual. I asked my husband if he could put all his socks and under ware in a separate hamper so I can cut back on the wash loads. All he'll have to do is tell me when he's down to his last few pairs of socks and briefs so I can get ready to do a load of wash for him. I'll do the same. We certainly have enough under garments, so it shouldn't be a problem to give this a try. We've also placed a few buckets of water, outside, to water the vegetable garden.

Hopefully, it won't be too bad and if nothing else, at least we could develop some better conservation habits.

Until we meet again... Francesca27



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    • Francesca27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Francesca27 

      6 years ago from Hub Page

      I love to ants. Wish I had their energy.

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      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      They are fascinating. We have a huge ant city in the driveway and we have had it for 27 years. The busy ants come and go (like in New York). Right now, since the recent rains, they seem to have holed up, underneath their piles of dried husks,underneath the driveway but they will be back up again when it is nice and they will follow their roads, the same roads they always follow. Year and and year out. We love them

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      ajthesmeagol 

      7 years ago

      Good time for an ant farm.

    • Francesca27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Francesca27 

      7 years ago from Hub Page

      Since the picture was taken we waited a week and then cleaned up the area. A few days ago they did it again! And yes we are in a drought! I was happy for the warning so we could conserve water better. Thanks gingermaltese for stopping by my hub.

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      gingersmaltese 

      7 years ago from 27597

      wow that is very interesting!

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      gidget911 

      7 years ago

      This hub makes sense.

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      WandasHomePlace 

      7 years ago

      This is a fact. Nature sometimes knows things before we do. We will take note of the ants activity. They are active on the road to our home, more than usual this year.

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      jbhearn95 

      7 years ago

      Interesting. We are also in a drought. I like the bucket idea for our garden. Thanks.

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      Debra Cornelius 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Didn't know this about ants, but makes sense....nature does give us warning if we pay attention!

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      NTR57 

      7 years ago

      Very interesting.

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