Monthly Archives: March 2014

Blog Post #2

The article 6 Reasons We Should Be Way More Scared Of Ants ( by Daniel O’Brien talks about why ants are considered pests and although he says that most aunts help to balance out our ecosystem and have many useful jobs, certain species can be detrimental to our environment. The six reasons that O’Brien lists are that certain ants are not indigenous to our country, they are other animals that we do want, our poisons don’t work against them, they can live anywhere, they use us to transport themselves, which allows them to go almost anywhere in the world, and we have not developed any ways of stopping them from continuing to rapidly reproduce and continue to overpopulate.

This author raises a lot of very alarming and valid points. Since most ants look the same to the untrained eye would be hard to tell everyone to just stop killing ants especially with the Argentinian ant is one of the most wide spread and common ant. O’Brien also backs up his argument with a lot of other research, like when he sites Dr. Elissa Suhr in saying that “In Argentina … ant colonies span 10s of meters, are genetically diverse and highly aggressive towards one another, so population numbers never explode and they are no threat to other plants and animals.” This supports his argument that these species of ants are becoming over populated because there is nothing that can stop them from reproducing.

Although Daniel raises a lot of good points about the hazards of the Argentinian ant, these same points do not apply to most other species of ants that are indigenous to the United States and do help the ecosystem. It is unfair to persecute all species of ants just because of the harmful behavior of this species.

This article raises a lot of good questions and provides insight on a different perspective regarding ants. The biggest question is how can target the Argentinian Ant specifically in order to eliminate them from our country while keeping other species of Ants safe.

Topic Proposal

I am interested in the preservation of certain species of ants. This is an important topic because whether we realize it or not ants play a large role in our ecosystem by doing jobs like digging through the soil and leveling the nutrients within. The problem that I see with my topic is that people only see ants as pests, often destroying their homes. I would like to learn more about the ants way of life. There are thousands of different species of ants and all of them have evolved in order to thrive in certain environments. I think that we could learn a lot from observing their way of life. With so many species, many of them have different jobs, it would be interesting to find out just how much ants contribute to our lives as human beings. When you think about it the contributions that ants make to our environment are pretty obvious. Thy fertilize the soil, dig tunnels that help nutrients get to plants, pollinate plants, and help to carry many different types of seeds in order to spread the growth of vast vegetation.  This topic needs to be researched more because we could be inhibiting ants from doing their job and effecting the ecosystem that is acting around us.  Information on this topic can be found in several locations like websites such as national geographic or, I could also find information on a database like the gale research database.