How to dye ants

I ran across this today and thought it was worth sharing. I hope I can find ants with transparent stomachs to try this with this summer. It would take a lot of ant wrangling, but getting them lined up as a color wheel would be the coolest thing ever (I'm fighting the urge to just photoshop it.) Short story is that a scientist fed ants different color syrup and you can see it through their abdomens, pretty sweet...

Posted by Tomdf 5 years ago

Keeping Argentine ants out of a home?

Does anyone have firsthand experience at keeping Argentine ants out of a home? I've read several websites that all seem to give a laundry list of household substances one can use to keep them at bay, but nothing saying "I've tried this for Argentine ants, and it works". I've tried ant traps, which work for a little while, and I've tried pepper, which didn't really work at all. Ideally, I'd like to put something around doors and windows to keep them out, but if there are other methods, I'm open to those too. Any help is appreciated!

Asked by drknotter 6 years ago

Can you feed baby praingmantises ants.

Today I caught a baby prayingmantis and wasn't sure what to feed it.I looked on a bunch of websites but couldn't find a thing.when I gave up I saw an ant walk over to the mantis and it caught an ant.when it did It did I instantly remembers this website.well this is all I know.if I can do it you can do it to good hears I'm only 11 but these facts are true.

Posted by Mia M 2 years ago

DIY Small Scale Radar (like Google Soli)?

Anyone know how to build my own simple small scale radar for detecting ants on trees? e.g. @googleresearch #soli I don't need super sophisticated processing or anything, but just would like a small radar system i can mount next to trees and monitor movements over an area.

Asked by blorgggg 2 years ago

Ant Work, spectacular toy based on NASA experiment

This Blog Rules featured an article and some fantastic photos of a toy based on a NASA experiment with ants. It's the coolest looking ant farm I've ever seen.

Posted by Culturespy 7 years ago

Keeping track of your ants...

This may well be the world's smallest tracking collar. From an article in Science News.

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago

Ant Killer!

It seems every year we get ants in our kitchen. I don't know if its a seasonal thing or just coincidence.This time, however, we were able to effectively combat them with a home remedy. We mixed boric acid & sugar in water and set the concoction in a few little lids across the kitchen. We used roughly a 1:1:1 ratio, but it isn't an exact science. It's also not important if it doesn't dissolve completely.The idea behind this is that the boric acid will not kill the ants instentaneously. In fact, the sugar will lure ants to it. Also, this amount of boric acid isn't harmful, even to most pets. I don't have any pictures to do an instructable, so I thought I'd share it here. If someone else does this, feel free to do an instructable. (no credit needed)

Posted by zachninme 9 years ago

Eating ants?

This is a topic with a special thanks to goodhart. What is the best way to prepare and eat ants, or other insects and in what manner?

Posted by XOIIO 9 years ago

How can I feed ants? Answered

I know that ants have the instinct to bring all of the food they find to the Queen, so if I put ants in an ant farm-type-of-setting, will the ants even eat the food I give to them or will they not eat it and starve?  I know ants like sugary foods and dead bugs, but I need to feed them with a plant that I can grow. I am doing this for a Science Fair, and I am testing the effects of a chemical on a plant, which is in turn being fed to the ants. I need a plant that my ants will eat. Any ideas? And I have about three weeks to a month to grow this plant, and it is Winter, which makes it even harder, but I am planning on growing it inside. Any ideas on a plant to feed ants with? I am dealing with the large ants that live near my home in Gilbert, Arizona if that helps. There are two types of ants that I can tell and I am dealing with the big ones (if that makes any sense). They might be fire ants, but I have a hard time telling. The picture below is not one I took, it's from google, so it's not exact, but something like that. Thank you!

Asked by Technicolor 6 years ago

can i make a ant shocker transformer that shocks ants every 3 minutes in bowl with sugarwater?

I have a transformer step down from 250 to 100v... want to make a bowl of sugarwater for ants and then every 3 mintes or so i should shock all the ants that are drinking...poisen doesnt work..ants can smell it....grrr what should i do now.. thanks

Asked by stuckbullet 7 years ago

[newsletter] Kill Ants, Crush a Can, Make a Talkbox, and more!

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Apr. 17, 2008 Welcome back! We have lots of news for you today. New contest! RoboGames has partnered up for our Robot Contest. Show how to make a robot or just a part of it and win a trip to RoboGames 2009! Contest winners announced! See who won the April Fools Speed Contest! We had a blast at Yuri's Night with our Show & Tell. Check out our pictures from the event to see our booth and the awesome 4'x4' Lite-Brite! Check out these cool instructables! Horn From a Drinking Straw How to make a cool horn out of a drinking straw. A musical instrument is easier to make than you think. posted by shoemaker on Apr 8, 2008 How to Make Great Fresh Mozzarella Cheese There's a world of difference between the mozzarella you buy in the store and what you can make yourself, and it's well worth the effort. posted by mikemwa on Apr 6, 2008 Thermal test chamber for edge-of-space testing Before you send an autonomous glider up to about 100,000 feet, here's how to run some tests to make sure it can handle the conditions. posted by 3ricj on Apr 9, 2008 Electric Mountain Board Convert a mountain board into a battery-powered ride without damaging the board, then remove the system for standard riding. posted by Vurp on Apr 14, 2008 Kill household ants - Super cheaply On a budget? Got an ant problem? Do not fear, because Domesticated Man and his sidekick Handy Hand have the answer! posted by domesticatedman on Apr 14, 2008 Green Science Fair! April is Photo Month! Bake and decorate! Make A Talkbox Have you ever listened to Peter Frampton's guitar solos and asked yourself, "How can I do that?" Here's how. posted by MitchBCool on Apr 13, 2008 Canon Wired Remote Make a wired remote for your Canon Digital Rebel or similar digital cameras! Great for those slow shutter speeds. posted by videokid842 on Apr 12, 2008 Make Your Own Antique Medallion A quick and easy way to make a great-looking metallic badge from some aluminum foil, a glue gun, and a permanent marker. posted by KaptinScarlet on Apr 15, 2008 Two Dollar Laptop Stand At just two dollars this is the cheapest laptop stand we've seen yet. posted by proyZ on Apr 8, 2007 How to crush a can on your head Learn how to do this classic bar trick with any of those cans in your recycling bin. posted by suggsugg on Apr 3, 2008 Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

SS8550 D331 Transistor

Hi , Guys can you tell me if  2N2222 Transistor is equal ant to SS8550 . It's in an IR circuit . Thanks in advance :D

Posted by UsmanK14 2 years ago

How can you reattach the ant. in cord to t.v if the broke?

Behind both the T.V and the DVD player the plugins (Ant. in.)antenna in. was the only cable connection needed to operate properly. But the plug in behind the T.V has broke so the little screw (plugin )that came out of the T.V . Can it be fixable? Can the wires be spliced or anything?

Asked by 8 years ago

project questions

Could i make a mini terrarium with ants self sustain in this bottle?

Posted by corey_caffeine 9 years ago

How do you determine the operating range of a antena?

I found an antenna and was just wondering.

Asked by oldscool 8 years ago

Any tips and tricks for a paper round? Answered

Hi, I'm starting a paper round soon, any tips or tricks? NM

Asked by NatNoBrains 7 years ago

I can use a reg. ant. for my tv through my dig. convt. box to get clear channels?

I was stealing cable for a while until I applied for the police department and they told me to disconnect it.  Now I received a free digital converter box from my mother.  I stumbled upon while looking for "how to make an antenna".  Is it true you can receive clear reception for regular channels and possibly HD tv?

Asked by carrilloson 8 years ago

search dropdown menu has code in it

When I go to and type something in the search thing the drop down menu has stuff like > >

Posted by bravoechonovember1 2 years ago

I need a different mag fo the inferno on kl does anybody have one.

The mag on the inferno needs stronger red rods. i dont have ant does anyone have a different mag that works for the inferno?

Asked by Knexwizard 8 years ago

How to make a good humming-bird feeder?

How do you make a humming bird feeder? What do you need to build it and where do you get it? How do you keep ants from getting in it?

Asked by crystal616 8 years ago

Robot Competitions?

I'm thinking about building a battlebot (ant/beetle weight)but I'm not sure if there are any competitions near me. I live near the San Francisco Bay area, if you know any competitions please tell me!!!  The date right now is June 16, 2012

Posted by Xthinker 5 years ago

Grape-Scented Purple Shoes!

Reebok seems to have found my purple shoes, and with some help from Kool-Aid upped the ante with Grape-scented purple shoes!Suggestions? Purple LED purple shoes? Purple shoes made from real grape skins?via

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

how can find longitude and latitude using omni antenna? how many antenna we need?

Can we find longitude and latitude of a mobile user in cellular network using Omni Antenna? if you can how many antenna we need?. or we need to use GPS services?

Asked by m2sharief 5 years ago

belkin tuncast universal fm transmitter - mine is different frm the ones shown unsure of solder point?

I cant really find the c 38 resistor the one im finding at the end of the red ant wire is the IR2j do i solder on the transmitter side? sorry cant get a pic on here yet

Asked by wildman29 9 years ago

inset feed depth and width in microstrip patch antenna?

I am making an microstrip patch antenna for satellite navigation in L1, L5 and S band. Initially i have started with the design of inset feed microstrip patch antenna for L1 band and i have a problem in finding the width and depth of inset feed of microstrip line.

Asked by jerry.sra 2 years ago

Every time I google something, or yahoo something, (For example, Instructables, which I did) it redirects me to or something like, then when I click backspace, my ant-virus thing kicks in and tells me that the website will give me virus and trojans and what not, and gives me the option to leave the site. Has this been happening to anyone else?

Posted by Rock Soldier 9 years ago

pdfs for your ibles!

Hey there and since the pdfs dont work at all now im going to offer people pdf styles in microsoft word just tell me witch one you ant and i will make it ones im makeing: Z35 assualt rifle iacs circle ball machine iacs spiff pistol iacs striker pistol

Posted by knexsuperbuilderfreak 8 years ago

It is safe to use treated lumber to build a compost box? Answered

I would like to build a compost box but I want this box to withstand termites, carpenter ants, rotting and weather. I am thinking about using treated lumber but I worry about preserving chemicals leaking to the compost pile and effecting the decomposition process of composting.

Asked by blkhawk 9 years ago

computer problum?

 ok one of my computers ant working right when i boot it up, it goes through a few then it does a memory test it passes and then checks if the drives are working and then comes up with a warning thing "WARNING: The boot devices have been changed BBS boot priority will be affected.  please enter the setup to check" i dont know what this means so i came here AND IE and windows media player wont work on the computer

Asked by knexsuperbuilderfreak 8 years ago

There is lot of ic's that can produce ultrasonic Freq. plus. Is it possible to catch the bounce back and trigger relay?

Is it possible to triggering  a relay by freq. shift or tone? Some of those ant-barking curcuits that use 555's is it possible that they could they be modified for proximity detector use? Could  transmitter  catch the signal or tone on the return  the echo bounce and trigger the relay. Also can some of those Max Bot's run directly to a relay and work? 

Asked by 8 years ago

19v to 12v without current drop?

I have laptop charger of 19V 3.42A(65W).i want to step down that 19v to 12v without any decrease in current.i need 12v 3.42+A  what is the simple way? can i use resistors to radius voltage without current drop? can i use LM7812C to get 12v 3.42+A there is ant way to get 12v 5A(65W)

Asked by vina1991 2 years ago

table saw fence help?

Hello my fellow indestructible friends i brought a table saw this the first table saw i got and the fence is not completely strait it goes outwards by a couple of mm or more is this right many thanks for ant response here is the table saw  please tell me if its okay or if not how to fix thanks paul

Asked by paul the maker 1 year ago

Automatic Insect Painting/Gluing Device for Scientists? Answered

Scientists studying small insects need ways to assign a unique ID to each bug. Two of the most common methods they use are A) manually painting small color patterns onto the thorax (and sometimes head and abdomen) of the insect, and B) gluing a small tag(number, qr code, RFID chip) to the thorax. These techniques are very effective, but SUPER TIME CONSUMING. It can take a trained student about 5 minutes to paint each ant or bee (and they need to paint thousands). I want to help them out by decreasing the amount of man power needed to give a unique ID to each insect. My thoughts were to make a device where an insect could walk into a tube of designated size (exact bee space at the entrance of a bee hive for instance), have its presence sensed, maybe prevent it's forward or backward motion for a short while,  and have a device that attaches a tag or paints a unique pattern onto the insect. You can see some of my initial thoughts in the scanned picture below. HIGH RES HERE My question is about good places to start in building this contraption, or if anyone has good or simple . The thresholds are quite small for the insects (bees are maybe 1/8-1/4 inch wide), and we need to be exact where we attach the tag so as not to hurt the poor critters or alter their behavior. I am handy with an arduino and simple servos and can incorporate computer vision from an android phone into the mix with the ADK First elaborate or super cool response gets gifted a 3 month pro membership! (that lovely ant pic used as an example is by amazing photographer Alex Wild, the other is when you google "honeybee RFID")

Asked by blorgggg 6 years ago

ADNS 2620 Mouse Sensor and Lens?

MAIN QUESTION: What is a good simple way to hack together my own tiny lens that can go over a mouse sensor chip to allow it to focus about 10-20 cm away? I bought a bunch of these mouse sensors (which are basically tiny cameras) right before I came down to panama I was hoping they could solve an ant-traffic monitoring problem I will be working on for the next few months. I basically need a really cheap device that I can point at part of a tree, and have it tell me whether or not an ant is walking by. Here’s a bigger description of the problem (with pictures!) (Main Pic Anyway through some quick hacking (still don't have a resonator for it until next week), i managed to get the thing working. So after lots of messing around, i got the first steps to it working going on! Based off this: I modded an arduino sketch and a processing sketch to read the image, and display the image in processing: Go into the examples folder and look for ADNScamera for the arduino, and the readmouseimage sketch for the corresponding one. Things are STILL way hacky. The guy from has a nice pinlayout and schematic, but I didn’t have an oscillator, so I just put at jumper wire between the osc in and out. I’m sure this is bad, but it actually functions and responds! I also don’t have a lens for it.

Asked by blorgggg 3 years ago

E mail notices not going out again

I know you guys have been putting out fires and stomping ants lately so I hate to bring it up But, It appears that the email notices are not going out about new comments or posts. I have been checking in the discussion tab and have gotten things there but no corresponding emails have been getting through.  Since you fixed this already not to long ago you probably already know how to fix it again.

Posted by Vyger 2 years ago

What "strange" things have you eaten?

The things that your culture find quite normal to eat might seem very strange and disgusting to others. What kind of food have you eaten that you think others will be revolted by? I've eaten Snake, Dog, Snails, Shark, Eel, Reindeer, Donkey, Crickets, Ants I'd like to try Guinea Pig and Whale I could consider Rat and Cat I don't think that I'd like to try Larvae and Live Octopus

Posted by matseng 10 years ago

Crawlspace Buddy

A robot to navigate crawlspaces and show video. A boon to pest control or plumbing estimators. Rather than dry suiting and taking pictures (homeowners usually have at least three estimates), one could show live video of pipe leaks, festerring sewage, carpenter ants, termites, racoons or mice nesting. Perhaps the robot could carry a stun gun to drive out raccons. It has to be able to navigate the "wild" underside of homes or buildings and be waterproof. It could have an articulated arm to mount the camera and poke holes to search for termites.

Posted by gypsy_fly 10 years ago