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User avatar #26 - jimmichonga (09/11/2013) [-]
I work in the HVAC field and we run into lots of problems with ants. In fact there is a species of ant in Central America that has mutated to resist most chemicals we common use to kill ants, and so far, no one has found a safe alternative. Why they gather around electrical things (such as air conditioners) is that they like warm areas, and electricity is warm. They also leave a scent or something similar (I don't know how ant senses work) that other ants can pick up to find them.
#56 to #26 - roninskye (09/12/2013) [-]
That scent you're referring to is a chemical pheromone that ants release to tell other ants to come to them. They use it if another insect or animal gets in their territory and to signal if they've found food of some sort.
User avatar #67 to #56 - jimmichonga (09/13/2013) [-]
I figured it was something of that sort, but I wasn't certain. Thanks, man!
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