Ants & Jimmy Stewart
Who has been stung by an ant and thought “ants are good, they are an essential part of our environment and we could not live without them” says no one ever! But it’s true!
I won’t bore you with a lot of numbers but there are over 22,000 different species of ants in the world and they have evolved over the last 99 million years from the wasp family.
- They are smart and are good problem solvers, working well together within their colonies, each doing their job and are adaptable to change. Us humans could take some lessons from these tiny guys!
- Ants are pests themselves but they eat the eggs of even pestier bugs – like flies, fleas, bedbugs and cockroaches – and help rid areas of pests that do serious damage to gardens and crops. They’ll eat ticks, termites and even scorpions.
- By feeding on dead animals and other insects along with dying vegetation they help keep our world clean.
- Ants are natures soil tillers, their underground tunnels help with air and water circulation of the soil which benefits all plant life. Earthworms steal the credit, but ants do the real work.
- Plant seeds are carried by ants back to their nests where some will take root, thus helping plants spread and grow over a wider area.
I realize that ants do good work, but I don’t want them bothering me while they do it. I do not use a complete insect killing granule on my lawn since it kills many beneficial bugs – including the most important of all – the bee. I choose to kill individual fire ant mounds with Quick Kill which works within minutes killing the entire colony and queen. Lesser ants like sugar ants are dealt with in a similar fashion.
Ants are like Jimmy Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life” – the world is a better place with them in it.