This process does exist and not just as a property of dirty clothes on my son's floor. Ants have it too. Squish squish squish. Clean the area. Stare at a perfectly empty white space and 3 or 4 ants will suddenly POP into existence running in all directions. No eggs needed. Maybe it is more sinister: they've developed teleportation. Beam us up Ant-Scotty!
Mike is no help. He rolls in their roadways outside and may be doing the Trojan Cat thing. I've avoided calling the van with the bug on top in the past out of fear for the cats but the situation seems to warrant professional help this time.