I had no idea that not everyone could smell dead ants. So this is a public service announcement to those that can't smell dead ants.
Dead Ants Smell Really Really Bad!
UR TELLING ME THERES PEOPLE WHO CANT SMELL ANTS??? HUH????? ##fyp♬ original sound - E-milly 😳💸💯🔥
I'm trying to wrack my brain to explain the scent but it is such a pungent strong odor, there's nothing that comes to mind to describe it.
After delving into my research lab (Google), I quickly discovered that being able to smell ants is a genetic quirk that only a minority are capable of doing.
Why would you curse me with these genes mum? What evolutionary advantage do I have being able to whiff that awful stench?
CAN SMELL ANTS CLUB UNITE 😡🐜 ##fyp♬ original sound - E-milly 😳💸💯🔥
Googling a little more revealed what the smell is similar to that of ant poison and the pungent compound is that of Formic Acid.
It's a defensive mechanism that ants spray from their anal glands (butts). So if an ant could pass gas, this would be it.
And now I am left thinking why am I cursed to be a small minority that can smell ant butts.