By Blood on my hands - United States
Today, I sprayed down some ants in my house. In the sea of ant corpses was a single living ant seemingly cradling a dead one in its arms. I'm convinced I just became the villain in an epic tragedy. Now I have to live with my ant problem because I can't bear to tear another family apart. FML
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Ya op... my first reaction was "aww." U have a soft heart..but I wouldn't live with ants in my house (or any bug on that matter)...try the cinnamon idea...or look up other methods to repel them.

  cristy91  |  33

All ants in the colony are ladies, so what you saw wasn't a torn "family" with a mom and a dad, but a colony that underwent partial/total destruction. Unless you killed the queen, though, you're most likely still going to have a problem. Also, if it will make you feel better, that little lonely ant was probably just doing nature's instinct and cleaning up the mess. If you still feel bad, do try the cinnamon as was commented earlier, it may work!

  doctorhook86  |  24

#87 Male ants are called "drones", and their only purpose is to breed with the queen and then die--they don't do anything else. Any ants you ever find roaming around outside of the nest are almost always female. (This goes ditto for bees and wasps, too.)

By  webbface  |  25

Lol so you sprayed and watched them die. Haha.

  webbface  |  25

I cannot lie, I sprayed ants in my back yard and watched them. I watched several climb up a little weed and died. I thought it was pretty interesting. But I still spray them often.

  iBanana  |  17

I figured I'd make a comment because the above ones are getting buried and that ant' cool. Here I was, thinking I was the only one that felt sympathetic to things like ants. One time at a Christmas tree farm, there was 1 poor little tree left after Christmas was over and I felt so bad for that little tree that I bought it just to ease my guilty conscience.


Ants don't eat the bodies. If you had an ant farm you would also notice that they DO carry the bodies, but not to eat them. It is simply to move them elsewhere so that they can decompose away from the living.

  Ameel_fml  |  19

I never said they didn't carry the bodies away. I said they didn't eat them.
Dunno why I got thumbed down for that. I thought it was fair point to make. People (just look at some of the comments here) assume insects are just dumb little things... but they have hierarchies, and family systems, and all sorts of cool little instincts and rules (like not eating their dead). Hell, certain types of ants have even been known to keep other insects inside the nest so they can breed/milk them (so they have a constant food source). Insects are pretty cool.

  cristy91  |  33

I thought the point of the movie was in the world you must act a certain way and fit a social standard, making everyone the same person. Look at the scene with the business cards. This congruency leads people to simply not have a clue that things outside the mold, even such gruesome things as murders. The movie was more about the shallowness of society than anything. At least that's my opinion of it.

By  HeyHeyFishFillet  |  34

Whenever you feel something on you but you can't see it, or don't know what it is...just know those are the spirits of the ants. They will forever haunt your life for what you did to them.

  Voij  |  16

You know this saying, "You'll always live on in my heart"?
It presents an easy solution for OP's problem, in that he just has to kill every ant that ever knew one of the previous victims. If you kill all the members of a civilization, then noone will be left to remember or attempt retaliation.