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Ants, are they really bad?

Updated on May 30, 2015

Ants

These are southern black ants
These are southern black ants | Source
red velvet ant or mutillidae is a female wasp
red velvet ant or mutillidae is a female wasp | Source

Ants are they really bad?


Ants are they really bad?

Fire ants run along the southern half of the United States as far north as Tennessee. They reach from the Georgia coast line to the southern half of California coast. The damage they can do to a home is devastating once their inside the walls. They'll even get in your bed! Outside they can cover your yard, parks, and camp grounds making outdoor activities unpleasant. If you step onto a fire anthill, they attack so fast that before you have step away from the hill you'll have at least ten or more on your foot crawling up your leg biting you.

They are two kinds of fire ants and both come from South America, the black Solenopsis richteri Forel, around 1918. Solenopsis invicta Buren is red, they arrived sometime in 1930.

Now before we go out and start kill the ants, there is a lot you may not know. All ants have a large job to do every day. They do kill other insects, reptiles, and small animals. When insects die they do not decompose like other animals, they are eaten. Ants take the dead insect back to their den, for most ants, this is underground. Other dead animals are eaten by ants even bad fruit that has fallen from trees.

What if there were no ants at all, could you see the piles of insects and decaying fruit, animals everywhere. And not to mention the fact they what they do for the soil. Their homes break up the soil allowing it to breathe, which in return the grass grows greener and trees bear more fruit and the cycle of life goes on.

But is there a way to control them with out suffering any bad results? The question is more like can we control them? Are we on their land or they on ours? We are not winning the war with fire ants, they just move on to the next spot in your yard and then multiply. Then one ant hill is now two ant hills and sometime more, so what do you do? Some poisons work for a while, but they come back if you don't kill the queen. It's a lot like the game of chess, you take the queen you stand a chance in winning!


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