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(Phys Org2)   You do want ants. This is why you get ants   (phys.org) divider line
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2022-08-19 5:14:11 PM  
I, for one, welcome our new ant overlords.
 
2022-08-19 5:36:22 PM  
Ants are great. Outside. Not in the house. This goes for a wide range of insects. Arachnids, too.
 
2022-08-19 5:38:14 PM  
They also found that the ants did their best work when used with crops grown in partial shade, and were the least effective when used with crops that produce honeydew-in such plants, ants tended to farm the insects, such as aphids, in order to provide themselves with the sweet liquid.

"Treat 'em mean, keep 'em keen" apparently works for ants, too.
 
2022-08-19 6:12:04 PM  

Oreamnos: Ants are great. Outside. Not in the house. This goes for a wide range of insects. Arachnids, too.


I stopped killing the spiders and centipedes in my house a couple years ago. We keep a clean house, but every house has insects in it. I reasoned that killing those predators when I saw them was only making life for their prey - the bugs I most want to control - and probably tending to kill off either the youngest insect predators in my home looking for a territory or the older and more experienced hunters that were bigger and easier to spot.

4 years later, seems to be working well. I hardly ever see any bugs at all anymore. I let the occasional spider or predatory centipede scooch back into hiding when I see them, and never see anything else. And I spot less spiders and centipedes too - the mature bugs are probably preying on their younger counterparts too.

The only time ants have tried to come in was when my dog would drop some kibble near the back door, but we make sure to clean those up promptly and no ants. I let ants do their thing outside, and they do what they do - which is a lot of important stuff in the ecosystem. Everybody's happy.
 
2022-08-19 6:18:12 PM  
They're quite insistent about it. You might say they're adamant.
 
2022-08-19 6:39:23 PM  

cyberspacedout: They're quite insistent about it. You might say they're adamant.


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2022-08-19 6:41:34 PM  

mongbiohazard: Oreamnos: Ants are great. Outside. Not in the house. This goes for a wide range of insects. Arachnids, too.

I stopped killing the spiders and centipedes in my house a couple years ago. We keep a clean house, but every house has insects in it. I reasoned that killing those predators when I saw them was only making life for their prey - the bugs I most want to control - and probably tending to kill off either the youngest insect predators in my home looking for a territory or the older and more experienced hunters that were bigger and easier to spot.

4 years later, seems to be working well. I hardly ever see any bugs at all anymore. I let the occasional spider or predatory centipede scooch back into hiding when I see them, and never see anything else. And I spot less spiders and centipedes too - the mature bugs are probably preying on their younger counterparts too.

The only time ants have tried to come in was when my dog would drop some kibble near the back door, but we make sure to clean those up promptly and no ants. I let ants do their thing outside, and they do what they do - which is a lot of important stuff in the ecosystem. Everybody's happy.


I also do avoid killing spiders inside. (My spouse does not agree with this policy.) But I would kill the long-legged centipedes if I were not a chickenshiat. They creep me out too much.
 
2022-08-19 6:53:51 PM  

Brynden Rivers: cyberspacedout: They're quite insistent about it. You might say they're adamant.

[Fark user image image 850x637]No, he is.


Still, I expect someone's trying to be Mr. Goody Two-Shoes here.
 
2022-08-19 7:37:17 PM  

cyberspacedout: Brynden Rivers: cyberspacedout: They're quite insistent about it. You might say they're adamant.

[Fark user image image 850x637]No, he is.

Still, I expect someone's trying to be Mr. Goody Two-Shoes here.


Didn't we just have this thread? I mean, sure, they're no Prince Charming, but they're not a Killer in the Home, either - they simply get a bad Ant Rap despite being diminutive Kings of the Wild Frontier when it comes to the insect world.
 
2022-08-19 8:33:33 PM  

mongbiohazard: Oreamnos: Ants are great. Outside. Not in the house. This goes for a wide range of insects. Arachnids, too.

I stopped killing the spiders and centipedes in my house a couple years ago. We keep a clean house, but every house has insects in it. I reasoned that killing those predators when I saw them was only making life for their prey - the bugs I most want to control - and probably tending to kill off either the youngest insect predators in my home looking for a territory or the older and more experienced hunters that were bigger and easier to spot.

4 years later, seems to be working well. I hardly ever see any bugs at all anymore. I let the occasional spider or predatory centipede scooch back into hiding when I see them, and never see anything else. And I spot less spiders and centipedes too - the mature bugs are probably preying on their younger counterparts too.

The only time ants have tried to come in was when my dog would drop some kibble near the back door, but we make sure to clean those up promptly and no ants. I let ants do their thing outside, and they do what they do - which is a lot of important stuff in the ecosystem. Everybody's happy.


Spiders are frends.

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I mean if they were bigger they'd totally eat us but they aren't so frends.
 
2022-08-19 9:06:18 PM  

FormlessOne: cyberspacedout: Brynden Rivers: cyberspacedout: They're quite insistent about it. You might say they're adamant.

[Fark user image image 850x637]No, he is.

Still, I expect someone's trying to be Mr. Goody Two-Shoes here.

Didn't we just have this thread? I mean, sure, they're no Prince Charming, but they're not a Killer in the Home, either - they simply get a bad Ant Rap despite being diminutive Kings of the Wild Frontier when it comes to the insect world.


Outside of the insect world, they don't have to remain inferior. There is always room at the top. Don't let them tell you that there is not.
 
2022-08-20 11:11:32 AM  
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2022-08-20 7:28:10 PM  

Oreamnos: Ants are great. Outside. Not in the house. This goes for a wide range of insects. Arachnids, too.


It's actually a good idea to keep spiders in the house. They take care of the overwhelming majority of that wide range of insects for you.
 
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