Ants Pest Control


Ants are common insects and there are more than 12,000 species of ants all over the world. Ant communities are headed by a queen or queens, whose function in life is to lay thousands of eggs that will ensure the survival of the colony. Workers (the ants are typically seen by humans) are wingless females that never reproduce, but instead, forage for food, care for the queen’s offspring, work on the nest, protect the community, and perform many other duties. Male ants often have only one role—mating with the queen. After they have performed this function, they may die. Ants communicate and cooperate by using chemicals that can alert others to danger or lead them to a promising food source. They typically eat nectar, seeds, fungus, or insects. Ants don’t have lungs. Oxygen enters through tiny holes all over the body and carbon dioxide leaves through the same holes. Ants have a narrow “waist” between the abdomen and thorax and also have large heads, elbowed antennae, and powerful jaws. Ants are having both beneficial and harmful effects on human beings. First, we will see how ants are beneficial to humans and why ants are important to the environment.

Beneficial effects:

To the environment:

Ants are acting important role in the environment like they are allowing water and oxygen to the root of trees by aerating the soil. Ants are taken the seed to their tunnels for food; sometimes these seeds often sprout and grow the new plant. Ants eat the wide variety of organic material which acts as the food source for many organisms. Ants are replacing the activity of earthworms in some places.

To the Human:           

Ants are beneficial to humans because they eat other insects, Formic acid is an irritating chemical present in the sprayed venom of some ant species and in the secretion released from some stinging nettles. It’s dangerous at high concentrations, but at low concentrations, it’s very useful. Humans use formic acid as a food preservative since it’s an antibacterial substance. It’s also used to treat pests, to produce food and cosmetic additives and to help a variety of industrial processes to occur.


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