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Pym and Ant-man wear a transmitter. And it seems like the ants are outfitted, but there are an awful lot of them, which is not very believable.

(Admittedly, this is not the least believable thing in the movie, but on the other hand, everything else is based on imaginary particles and imaginary physics -- there didn't seem to be any supposed new physics or biology at work here. Hence notably unbelievable to me.)

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    The ants are hooked up with gear, like cameras and saddles, but I don't remember any receivers. For example, Scott trains with the presumably "wild" ants living in Hank's backyard. – Nerrolken Aug 7 '15 at 16:16
  • Considering how exotic the species of ants in the movie were, I assumed that Dr. Pym had specifically prepared his yard as a home for ants that he imported. – Kevin Aug 17 '15 at 23:27
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No, I believe the device Hank Pym invented can control ants anywhere.

We see Scott controlling what appears to be thousands of ants, including ones that he seems to summon at random (e.g. in Hope's car), and don't appear to have anything special done to them.

I'm not entirely sure what the devices that the ants are fitted with are supposed to be, but Hank's explanation for how his device works implies that it releases pheromones that the ants naturally want to respond to. The things hooked up to the ants are likely other random things (like cameras, bombs, etc.)

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Some of the ants are outfitted with various pieces of equipment, but that's just to make them more useful to the Ant-Mans.

The transmitter controls the ants by converting the wearer's thoughts into electromagnetic pulses that the ants then process like they would pheromones. So he uses some form of electromagnetic radiation to fake out the ant's pheromone processing ability, which in turn lets him give them orders. He can do this to any ants, nearby or far away.

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