The article 6 Reasons We Should Be Way More Scared Of Ants (http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-we-should-be-way-more-scared-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.