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Are ants beneficial to the environment?

Asked by E. Barnes, Last updated: Sep 22, 2021

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R. Hunter

R. Hunter

R. Hunter
R. Hunter

Answered Jan 08, 2020

Ants are predators of other insects and arthropods. Ants provide food for many other animals, such as lizards, frogs, insects, and birds. Ants collect and dispose of waste when they clean up dead insects and animal carcasses. Ants will haul off the flesh and muscle, and they only leave behind clean bones.

Ants assist in nourishing the soil, and they also play a role in pollinating plants as well. It has been thoroughly researched that ants play an integral role in protecting the environment. They have an effect on other animals and the species around them, which also includes animals that are much higher up on the food chain.

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B. Lazarus

B. Lazarus

B. Lazarus
B. Lazarus

Answered Jan 08, 2020

Ants are very important to the environment. They may look very small in size, but their importance to nature is enormous. Ants are not only beneficial to the soil but also to plants. Ants live mostly underground; they build their nest in the ground, and they will build it in such a way that it will be very difficult for their enemies to know their colonies. Their activities in the soil are what lead to the enhancement of soil aeration.

As a result of this, water and air can easily circulate in the soil, and plant roots can also get the exact amount of water that is needed by plants for great productivity. Most ants feed on dead animals, insects, and other organic materials. When ants feed on those decaying materials, they turn to nutrients, and they are used by the plant. Some species of ants are needed in the garden because they can help in killing harmful pests.

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