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#1 Hum

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 23:20

A woman from Offenburg, Germany has been kept up at night by ants triggering her doorbell.

The 75-year-old became so frustrated at being unable to identify a human culprit that she called the police, reports Metro.

Puzzled officers carried out a full investigation, believing the noise to be the efforts of a prankster, before discovering that it was actually an ants' nest that was causing the problem.

A colony of the insects had constructed a large nest inside the bell's mechanism, which pressed the switch elements together.

The police disassembled the doorbell and removed the nest, solving the problem and allowing the resident to finally get some rest. :sleep2:

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 23:37

My fire alarm had one once...much fun ensued.

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 23:42

^ Were they fire ants ... ? :laugh:

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 23:46

can not rest
in your own nest
when another nest
nearby.

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 23:59

My fire alarm had one once...much fun ensued.


Always fun when the fix is to burn it, more so when you've set the fire alarm on fire :D

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 00:02

....I hate it when them ants do them 'ding-by's'

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 00:16

Always fun when the fix is to burn it, more so when you've set the fire alarm on fire :D

Nah I just took the battery out, cleaned it off, left it down...and left the battery out for a few years. (We have many others.)

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 01:01

Next time just call this dude

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 01:54

Next time just call this dude

What to drive the people away?

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 02:14

So how are the ants going to get up on time now? :p

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 18:24

At least it wasn't one of these buggers ...

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 23:23

If she just would let them in...