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So, while I invest heavily in the Raid corporation and whip up every "guaranteed non-toxic ant killer" recipe Pinterest has available, I'm seeking comfort from the encroaching horde the only way I know how... by wishing zombieism on each and every one of the nasty vermin. And for once, this isn't just a wild hope (not that I actively hope for a zombie apocalypse or anything, I just believe in preparation). Unlike humans, ants ARE susceptible to a parasite that causes zombie-like tendencies and, you know, a horrific death that is really just, in my mind, a bonus. This is a very short video clip from the BBC's Planet Earth series that explains the phenomena. Only 1 minute 50 seconds in length, it is WELL worth watching.
I get an indecent amount of joy from this clip. I particularly love the parts where the narrator says (in a lovely British accent, I might add) the fungus "...erupts from the ants head" and "...any ant in the vicinity will be in serious risk of death." As beautiful as any poetry, those phrases. But my absolute favorite line in the entire clip? "The fungus is so virulent it can wipe out whole colonies of ants."
Cordyceps: 1, Ants: 0
I'll take a zombie ant over a regular one any day!