Her reply: “My gut reaction to your pesticide company ad is that this is absolute nonsense – of course, all insects can carry bacteria as can your shoes etc. – but where would the ants get these bacteria from? The mentioned illnesses are transmitted from human to human, and shaking your neighbor’s hand certainly transmits a lot more bacteria than any ants that may or may not enter both your and the neighbor’s house.”
I personally have always found harvester ants fascinating, watching them travel long distances back to their nests to bring whatever seed is ripe that week. They also serve an important role in being a primary food for horned lizards (aka horny toads).
- But I’ve had trouble warming up to other ants crawling all over my compost and attacking the earthworms. I admit I am guilty of using Terro baits when they drive me too crazy. I am revisiting that practice, however.
There’s lots more to write on ants but for now, see below for more info:
- Identifying Ants: Dornhouse says identifying ants to species is hard and has to be done by a specialist. Good websites are:
- I found this ant blog by the Field Museum in Chicago interesting