Terminix Service unveiled the new official Guinness World Records’ largest ant farm on April 27, at Discovery Place Science, in celebration of the museum’s annual Arthropod Day.
The record-breaking ant farm, measuring 4-feet long by 3-feet high by 3-inches wide, will serve as a temporary educational exhibit, exploring the natural tunneling of ants and their behaviors.
“As a leader in pest management, we want to help people learn about insects and how they impact the world around us,” said Terminix Service Technical Director Kevin Hathorne. “We’re delighted to partner with Discovery Place on what promises to deliver a memorable experience for visitors of all ages.”
The exhibit was on display at Discovery Place Science through May 11. It featured the record-breaking formicarium along with an interactive “ant scale” that computes participants’ weight in ants. The ant farm included 300 western harvester ants in ant gel to maximize viewing and observation.
“This project has been a year and a half in the making and is a great opportunity for us to connect with the community, gain positive attention and ultimately lift up the education side of our industry,” said Trevor Knox, vice president of sales and marketing. “We are excited to showcase the wonderful world of ants and celebrate a world record be broken at the same time.”
45 Snakes Removed from Underside of Texas House
In March, Nathan Hawkins, owner of Big Country Snake Removal, posted a viral Facebook video of him removing 45 snakes slithering under an Abilene, Texas, house. A Facebook post says the homeowner discovered a few of the snakes while attempting to fix a cable issue under the home. The video shows Hawkins using a long tool to pick up the snakes as they use their rattles, try to escape and bare their fangs. The largest snake removed from the premises was 5½ feet long, Hawkins said. He wasn’t fazed, however, writing: “This is nothing. We do this all the time.” Watch the video.