Can ants become accustomed to your scent?

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Dazza188
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Can ants become accustomed to your scent?

Post: # 78411Post Dazza188
Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:06 pm

I was wondering, if you present your scent (your finger) to your ant colony when they are still in a test tube set up and easier to control (preferably a species that doesn’t bite or sting), will they get used to your scent and follow your scent, maybe follow you around the house before heading back to the nest. Essentially, can they become ’domesticated’ if you like. (Maybe not to that extent but I hope you get what I mean)

I think if this was possible I would have seen it somewhere by now, and if it is not possible or very unlikely, can someone please explain why?

Probably a dumb question but that’s what we’re here for :D

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Re: Can ants become accustomed to your scent?

Post: # 78419Post AM1C39
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:06 pm

That is not possible, they would just attack you lol.
My current colonies:
The miniature military(formica neogagates)
the power of war(camponotus novaeborecensis)
the black hearts(crematogaster cerasi
the blazing nation(Myrmica alaskensis)

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