Ants may hold the key to reliably predicting earthquakes. Researchers in Germany have found that ant behavior changes in the 24 hours prior to an earthquake, demonstrating that the ants can sense the coming tremors and perhaps providing an early warning of possible danger.
Researchers from the University Duisburg-Essen in Germany found 15,000 red wood ant mounds lined up on Germany’s active fault lines. From 2009 to 2012, they tracked the ants’ behavioral changes utilizing 24-hour video cameras.
The ants altered their behavior in the 24 hours prior to an earthquake with magnitude greater than 2.0, which is the point at which earthquakes can be felt by humans.
Normally, the red wood ants spend their nights inside their colonies resting, but prior to earthquake activity, the ants were awake and outside their mounds. They did not return to their colonies until a day following the earthquake, according to researcher Gabriele Berberich.
Since Germany does not generally experience sizable earthquakes, the research team will be headed to the Pacific Ring to look for the same phenomenon among native ants in that region, according to Earth Times.
While the benefits of an early warning system for earthquakes is obvious, most New Mexicans would prefer not to experience ants in their homes or yards. They are beginning to become more active since the weather is warming. Ants are not only attracted to food, but they may damage woodwork in your home as well. They are one of the most difficult pests to eliminate, and it is usually necessary to use a pest control professional to address ants in your home.
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