OMG! My Pet Ants Escaped Into My Home

OMG! My Pet Ants Escaped Into My Home

Oh no! You’ve read the title, and yes, AC Family
it’s true. We have an emergency situation on our hands. My ants officially escaped! Now this typically never happens on this channel,
especially because the setups we use are specially designed to keep ants in, but this time, this
typical terrarium which is originally designed for reptiles, provided our black crazy ant
colony, the Dark Knights with the perfect opportunity of escape. But that’s not all, this is another video
of ours which you must watch until the end. The plot twist will blow you out of your seat! AC Family, gather round as we hit the panic
button, and watch how our black crazy ants escaped and how we ultimately manage to control
this crisis, in this episode of the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! OK, so I hate to say this, because I personally
don’t typically believe in these sort of things, and many of you have been saying it already,
but I’m prepared to consider the possibility that this terrarium is cursed. Let’s recap for those of you who are new to
the channel. This terrarium used to belong to my long time
pet bearded dragon, Tarzan, who mysteriously died a few months ago. So instead of throwing the tank in the garbage,
I decided to turn it into a soil terrarium and move an ant colony in, to inhabit it. I asked you guys which of our ant colonies
should move in, and by landslide vote, you asked for the Jawbreakers, our young trapjaw
ant colony, to become the new recipients of this new terrarium. But almost immediately after their victory
in the polls, in a sick twist of fate, a wild, savage ant colony of black crazy ants living
outside my place broke into their setup and killed the entire ant colony in cold blood
before they could ever see the likes of these unchartered soils. The savage ant colony abducted and ate all
workers, brood, and the queen. So then, I asked you guys on Twitter who should
take their place as new inhabitants of the terrarium and you, the AC Family voted for
the Titans, our young, promising and majestic Asian Marauder ant colony to move in. I placed the Titans’ towers into the terrarium
to allow them to move out on their own. To our surprise, the Titans didn’t take well
to the new terrarium and began to die off mysteriously before our very eyes, almost
completely disappearing two weeks after the move. After another round of voting, the AC Family
decided to restore the towers, and if by chance the queen and any workers were still alive
in there, we hoped they would recover. So finally, we come to last week’s video,
where I looked to you the AC Family once again, for our next move. The AC Family spoke, and the majority declared
that we now move the Dark Knights, our long time, strong colony of Black Crazy ants into
this new terrarium which by now was truly blossoming with life. And so here we are, AC Family. It was time to initiate this move and finally
populate the terrarium. If there was an ant colony that would successfully
flourish in these fertile lands, it would be the versatile and hardy Dark Knights. I was confident this move was going to run
smoothly. So here was my plan. Here lies the Dark Knights’ Northern satellite
nest, comprised of a pot of aloe vera and a simple rubbermaid bin with baby powder applied
on the walls to keep the ants from climbing out. A long tube attaches from this rubbermaid
bin to this AC Outworld. This AC Outworld acts as a pitstop for the
Dark Knights before proceeding over towards the Dragon’s Stairway which climbs up towards
the AC Plateau and the DK Bridge, and into the Cavern of Darkness, a tunnel which runs
into my wall and leads all the way downstairs towards the Dark Knight’s southern nest, a
Hybrid Nest. So how was I going to connect this terrarium
to the Dark Knight’s already grand setup? The bridge to this land was here. This AC T connector would provide a cross
roads for the ants. By the way, AC Family, all our connectors
at our shop are now 100% clear like this so we could see all action and movement between
tubes. And my interests were in this tube. This was the tube that connected the Northen
Nest rubbermaid bin with the AC Outworld. The plan was to cut this tube and connect
the end leading to the AC Outworld to one opening, and the other end leading to the
nest to the other. It would essentially not change the ants’
pathway, but simply provide an extra path leading to the terrarium. Let’s take a look where the tube takes us. The ant would climb the tube and emerge on
top of the terrarium, and need to cross over to the other side then plunge down through
the mesh screen and into the terrarium. I chose for the ants to emerge on this side
of the tank so we could better see them as they move in. I anticipated for it to be a fairly standard,
uncomplicated move but there were some other preparations involved. I made sure not to water the nest of the Dark
Knights of the North for a couple days so their nest would get slightly dry. Not completely dry, though, as this would
endanger the colony, but just enough to setup the stage for a colony move. And look, the Springcleaners, a bustling colony
of Springtails that lives cooperatively with the Dark Knights are also out enjoying this
semi-arid spell. But the ants don’t like it. They’ve sent workers out to scope for a new
location to setup a nest, somewhere to which the colony could move should this current
nest location completely dry out. These scouting ants exit the rubbermaid bin
to start house shopping, and they were about to find out that the moist rich soils of the
terrarium were going to totally make their day. Another thing we needed to do before the move
was to prepare this tube that was to lead into the terrarium. It needed to be coated in baby powder so that
the ants wouldn’t be able to climb up it and reach the top mesh. Basically, the idea was to keep the Dark Knights
from reaching the mesh entirely because some of the holes in the mesh were large enough
for the Dark Knights to fit through. Then, we needed to create a hole in the mesh
just big enough to accommodate the tube leading into the terrarium. Once in the terrarium we needed to situate
the tube’s opening right about there. Next, to be sure, I had to reinforce the band
of baby powder barrier. This would keep the ants from crawling up
to the mesh and finding an escape. And now all was set. The tube was ready, the terrarium was ready,
and now all that was left to do was to cut their current tube and attach it to this AC
T Connector. Are you ready AC Family? Here we go. After cutting the tube, I quickly attached
both ends into the two holes in the connector. And now all that was left to do was watch
the ants move in. Enjoy! For the first 20 minutes the ants didn’t seem
to care about the mysterious tube which lead to the terrarium. Some of the ants would attempt to enter it
but wouldn’t go too far. It seemed the main priority was this road
connecting them to the two satellite nests. But finally, after about 30 minutes, one brave
ant had the random idea to travel off the familiar path, and wander up the tube. This curious worker ant traveled up, and across
the top of the terrarium inquisitively, and finally plunged down into the terrarium. It finally emerges, into a whole new world
of tropical splendor, and so begins the epic move of the Dark Knights. After exploring the terrarium for awhile,
the scout was completely excited. Look at its crazy erratic movements. This ant is clearly joyful it has found these
new lands. It enters the tube to tell the rest of the
colony. As soon as it gets back to its sisters, the
excitement and news spreads like wildfire and the others venture out to check out their
new promised land. More and more ants emerge to experience and
explore their new future home. By now the great news has reached the Northern
Satellite nest, and more and more workers leave to explore the territories that everyone
is raving about. The ants really love the the terrarium and
seem to have a particular liking for the sphagnum mossy patches. Perhaps because they hold water well and are
extra moist. Word also spreads to the Southern colony on
the first floor who also send out scouts to check out the potential new home. All was going completely as planned, so after
watching them for a good 2 hours, I left and allowed them to continue to move in on their
own. 4 hours later, I returned to the terrarium
to check up on their progress. What I saw shocked me. The ants had escaped and were running everywhere
outside of the terrarium. Oh no! They danced and rejoiced at their newfound
freedom they never knew they didn’t have, and explored the entire vicinity around the
tank. They were all over the place. Even in my curtains. How did this happen? I scoured the terrarium looking for where
the ants had managed to escape. To my complete horror, I watched as the Dark
Knights were able to climb up to the mesh by gripping on to the corners of the terrarium. You see, some ants are able to grip up 90
degree corners, and turns out our Dark Knights were able to do this in order to reach the
mesh, where they then were able to escape. I even saw a worker that was completely covered
in baby powder. Perhaps this one got coated as it climbed
the heavily powdered corners. We had no choice! It was time to abort all operations! Now we typically never have escapes on this
channel. It has only happened once on this channel,
years ago and it was due to keeping escape-artist ant species in setups that were not designed
for ant keeping, much like this terrarium here, and both times, I was able to resolve
the situation and collect all escaped ants quite easily. So this was my protocol. I had to act quickly and cut off the point
of escape. I immediately removed the tube leading into
the terrarium and plugged it up, as well as the mesh hole with cotton. With the influx of ants now under control,
the next step was to bring out my special instrument. A hand held vaccuum cleaner. Like a giant twister, I ploughed through and
sucked up all the ants I could collect. Eventually, I managed to collect the majority
of escaped ants. I wasn’t worried because I expected that no
queens had escaped since it was still early. Any workers that were loose in my ant room
that were not able to get back to the colony would eventually die, due to starvation. Ants need their colony to survive. I had to do this quickly because with all
the sucked up ants blowing around in the vaccuum, they were drying out with every passing second
so timing was of the essence. I also had to suck up all ants I could find
inside the terrarium. When I had sucked up all the ants I could
find, I opened the canister and dumped them back into their nest. Thankfully, the situation was now completely
under control, and thank goodness! I watered the nest to rehydrate the sucked
up ants and provide moisture for the rest of the colony in the pot. Not all ants can climb squared corners, but
it seems these Dark Knights are one of those species that can, so having an outworld with
rounded corners was the only way to go for them. Our terrarium once again lay bare and uninhabited. Staring into the empty terrarium due to yet
another failed attempt at moving ants in made me believe that perhaps some of you may have
been right. Perhaps there is a curse, a curse which completely
trips up all our plans at moving an ant colony into these fertile lands. I was completely prepared give this terrarium
perhaps to a new reptile, or amphibian instead, but then again, I was also afraid the curse
would in turn bring misfortune or death to those animals, so I just resolved to dump
out all inhabitants and completely throw the tank away… That was until, I saw this. The Titans are alive! Alright, AC Family! Can you believe it? I am blown away by this. It seems the Titans actually did move into
the terrarium the first time, discreetly while we weren’t looking! I don’t know if the queen is in there for
sure, but I highly suspect that she and the rest of the colony were indeed in there! Wow! This was totally incredible! Stay tuned for an update on this colony in
a future video. And just a note for those who have been wanting
to get into ant keeping but are afraid of escapes, no need to worry because escapes
only happen if a setup is not designed for ant keeping. If you’re a beginner and want to be safe,
I would recommend any of the setups we offer at as these are designed to
keep ants in. Whatever the case, if you’re keeping ants,
it doesn’t hurt to have a small vaccuum with an easy to remove canister ready just in case
you do have an escape. We actually have a helpful tutorial on this
channel about preventing and dealing with ant escapes. AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here if you would just like to see some extended play footage of the Dark Knights
moving into the terrarium without all the narration and to the sounds of good music. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week, we asked: Name one reason why
the Fire Nation would not be an ideal candidate for
our new terrarium? Congratulations to Seecooty, who correctly
answered: The Fire Nation would escape
by gripping on to the corners. Congratulations Seecooty you just won a free
ant tshirt from our shop. And for this week’s AC Question of the Week,
we ask: Name one preparation that
needed to be done before moving the Dark Knights
into the terrarium. Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could win a free ebook handbook from our shop! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
upload every Saturday at 8AM EST. Don’t forget to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, & SUBSCRIBE
if you enjoyed this video so we can keep making you cool ant videos like this. It’s ant love forever!

Randy Schultz

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100 thoughts on “OMG! My Pet Ants Escaped Into My Home

  1. Drasgwegian says:

    Baby powder

  2. KIngCheesy YT says:

    Put baby powder on the edges so they don’t escape and make the edges round 😀

  3. sarah sedlacek says:

    That sucks hope you get them back in good luck ant love forever

  4. sarah sedlacek says:

    60 likes please my cat died Rip cat 🐈😭😭😭😭

  5. Mint says:

    This terrarium seems jinxed, your lizard died mysteriously, the jawbreakers got killed after it was voted they'd live in it, trying to move the titans in was a disaster, and now this

  6. The Manes says:

    Cover the edges with glue or hot glue

  7. Ben 23 says:

    The ants were dying because there's a serpent in it.

  8. tinypaws' gaming says:

    There's always 20 percent of people voting for the golden empire, but they never get chosen lol

  9. Porkey Choppers says:


  10. Salty Kneecaps says:

    This is very entertaining. 😀

  11. Jeffrey Davis says:

    How does he make videos like this so entertaining?😂

  12. Airstrike says:

    No. Curses don't exist. so don't even think about it.

  13. Elena Skydan says:

    There not dead.

  14. Guardian667 says:

    Are you playing Kerbal Space Program? Nice sound on 16:01 🙂

  15. obsidian ok says:

    Yay it finally worked

  16. Aya Alblassy says:

    Put a glass like materials on the mesh with a hole for the tube so they don’t escape

  17. Harbor Pearls says:

    Wow that terrarium cost 1599 pesos

  18. Craftykinz says:

    Scarey 0-0

  19. Rei Iwahara says:

    do I see a supermajor Titan's gaster/head at 15:25, by the vacuum hose?
    I hope he didn't suck it up.

  20. Taha says:

    What if the titans kicked them out?😅😂

  21. The Pasquad says:

    This terrarium is a pure hellscape of death.

  22. The Real Korosensei says:

    8:22 to 8:49 Fnaf soundtrack?

  23. Jamie Clark says:

    I swear sometimes I think you let them out on purpose just so you can make a video about it XD lmao

  24. Rachel Hellett says:

    THE TITANS ARE ALIVE! Thank god we didn't put the fire nation or golden empire in there 😤

  25. Sprsae says:

    damn ants are so social and cool

  26. Sprsae says:

    the use of happy music in happy moments and all that makes the video so much bette:)

  27. Tata Balatayo says:

    I am so happy that the titans are ok

  28. Blobfish UK says:

    What is the definition of a satellite nest

  29. NickThe Legend says:

    Panic button!!!!!!!!😫😫😫😫😫😫 ahhhhhhhhhhh

  30. Landon Plaz/Games/ETC. says:

    Can you never whisper like how you did to tell the title thank you

  31. Peeble Kitty says:

    Wait a sec. You found black crazy ants in the Garden of Eden when you were destroying it… but you moved your black crazy ant colony into it previously. I'm confused, were these the Dark Knights?

  32. Luke Zechariah Aranas says:

    49 sec

  33. daniel petit says:

    that other ant probably got lost….

  34. Dorothy Mhishi says:

    I loov your show so much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Howard Philips Lovecraft says:

    I was going to throw it a away until… CHAN CHAN…. i saw this… CHAN CHAN… The titans… Nah not going to make spoilers haha

  36. Mamut says:

    i just found ur channel, soon i will have watched all of your videos and i will be relegated to waiting restlessly for the next video each week. I fear this day.

  37. Slu shy says:

    0: Ants are too smart.

  38. Torned Rose says:

    Omg titans is alive😢😢😢☺☺☺☺☺

  39. huanter and the ghost pokemon Gameing says:

    The ants have been wanting more room and they got it

  40. Zef Davenport says:

    Love that first ant, being all "holy torpedos!! My sisters won't believe this!!"

  41. cheyenne gibson says:

    At the beginning of the videos does anyone else jump everytime he starts to whisper I always think someone’s in the room with me for a second

  42. Eva says:

    Use glass to cover the upper part to prevent the ants from escaping.Or you should put spider on the corner of the wall.Then the ants will get stuck in the spider webs

  43. J Spencer says:

    That’s scary

  44. Luke says:

    What is the name of the ant that you would normally see at a picnic

  45. Jessy Tsai says:

    wthhhh plot twists!!!!!!

  46. The super fun Channel says:

    I think the curse is good/bad

  47. Jen Lucille says:

    Of course it's cursed, there's a scary skull face dead center

  48. Jen Lucille says:

    Drink everytime AC says tube

  49. Mel' - Melikahchi says:

    I would never have thought that one day, I'd shout "WHAAAAT ?!!!" at the end of a video about ants… What a good series to watch ahah !

  50. LlNT NR A&E says:

    You unknowingly mixed the titans and the dark knights together mind blown😱

  51. N'ihl says:

    I almost cried seeing titans alive

  52. KawaiiGamerCat says:

    I wonder if there was leftover bacteria in the tank that had killed the bearded dragon?

  53. WheeByulHwaSun says:

    Am I the only one who find it cute that the first ant seem so excited?

  54. Reg Pollock says:

    Have you thought of a shift. I have tried my best at creating nature. Lizards tropical fish, birds, bats many, more. But not dart frogs. Maybe you could incorporate frogs and small culture of ants? I am 70 yr. OLD. I know they are difficult, but I have bein watching you and think you can do it.

  55. UnknownLevel says:

    i found your channel at school and now it is my fav channel also the reason i got my ants


  56. IThink IAmLost says:


  57. deadstrike 35 says:

    kill the Pharaon Ants beacus they re destroyung everything please even the greatest Jabreakers!!!!!!! the would mean Ant War II

  58. Thea Montijo says:

    i fell out of my chair. lol. should have listened to the warning

  59. Adel Hajdarovic says:

    Your channel is awesome bro

  60. Goofy Goober says:

    It's Demons Sammy, it's always Demons.

  61. Alex's Family says:

    8:36 the ant named Cristoforo Colombo.. IoI

  62. Emily Yu says:

    8:12 I imagine the ant saying "Oh hey, this seems like a different path!"
    Other worker: "Karen stop we never investigated that it might be dangerous!"
    "Whatever Sara i dont care."
    falling down the tube
    "AAAA Sara you were right! IM GONNA DIE- oh wait, a new territory!"

  63. Ace Trainer Aislyn says:

    At least it wasn't the fire nation.

  64. PopularMojang says:

    Stupid Wild Crazy Ants

  65. PopularMojang says:

    I knew that was a bad idea

  66. Max Emmerton says:

    I know it's late to say but I also used to house black crazy ants and they were housed in a miniature glass terrarium with deadly sharp corners, however is you applied a Vaseline barrier horizontally it will prevent grip from the ants to reach the top

  67. tijzen says:

    those fire ants that tried to escape for years are triggered

  68. AM3 says:

    @7:10 when the connection tube for the move was made and Carmen Suite No.1 V.Les Toreadors started playing, was I the only one who thought of the Bad News Bears?

  69. Gian says:

    After waiting for them to return for so long… THEIR FINALLY BACK!

  70. Martin Buchanan says:

    This fools mom must got knocked up with him while watching the OG Bad News Bears. He just loves the theme song.

  71. dreamergirl1177 says:

    How are the titans still alive? And is that why the crazy ants wanted to bust outta there? Ik there was probably a fight of some sort

  72. Feeling peachy says:


  73. JoJoCrafty Piggy says:

    10:25 looks like carpet

  74. Warren Lyon says:

    Did you end up mixing the secretly discoverd ants when hovering the terainium and cause a small.short term war

  75. martha currie says:

    powder the corners

  76. Rheanon Jasmyne says:

    I wonder, after Tarzan passed did you tear down the terrarium and clean it ? Did you just add more items to the terrarium…..

  77. G. Babii13 Lord Knows says:

    Ants on his curtains!!!! Hellllll nah!!!!

  78. Ben Davis says:

    I'm so glad the Titans made it!

  79. Alvin Wikström says:

    Do you speak swedish?

  80. jamil phillips says:

    why didnt you just replace or cover the mesh before placing them in

  81. jamil phillips says:


  82. This 'n' that says:

    If only he realized the dangers he had brought in with a simple bush…

  83. Amanda Miller says:

    Good music

  84. Amanda Miller says:

    Nice enclosure

  85. unigameing da unicorn says:

    Wait r u still gonna keep the rest for to big population right

  86. unigameing da unicorn says:

    What if there was a round corner terrarium

  87. Stacey parkin says:

    AC answer Baby powder

  88. Jennifer Zeszutko says:

    Meerkat Manor has NOTHING on Fire Nation, the Dark Knights, the Jawbreakers, and the Titans! Nothing.

  89. Nanpen Tissing says:

    shiulda just chose the golden empire

  90. yt_lorul_videos says:

    18:30 Moving an anteater into the terrarium ?

  91. Ninja Hombrepalito says:

    WOAH! :O definitely one of the best videos. Specially fir people who have been following along or are catching up (like me, I'm catching up, had to make my own playlist with all those videos to have them in cronological order, though).

  92. Ruby Scorpion says:

    So that's why the knights ran

  93. Takisan111 says:

    Dang you and your cliffhanging twists!

  94. Flame Doez says:

    Hit the panick button? More like spam the panick button

  95. Lizardo Is Weird says:

    I could not live with the fact that I did not get to see all of the Titan’s videos
    So where did that bring me?
    Back to you

  96. Devon Bagley says:

    Should have used it for the Tarantula i feel bad for it stuck in that little box.

  97. Blacksáber Predator says:

    Oh no it's a prison break oof

  98. toodlican says:

    Wow. Thats so amazing. I love all your videos. So much skill and appreciation for greatness goes into everything you do. I watch for my interest only. My girlfriend and i both truly enjoy the feats you concur, genius solutions, as well as beautiful commentary

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