Why Ants Aren’t Bad for Your Garden
Think twice before you try to get rid of the ants in the garden. Yes, having trails of ants around the garden might not be a good sight but the ants aren’t your enemy (unless you are dealing with nuisance species like fire ants). Here are some benefits they offer.
Ants Are Predators
Ants can play an important part in keeping other annoying pests away from the garden. Ants can control pests by eating their eggs or disturbing the larvae in the soil. Farmers love them. According to one study, not only were ants able to lower the pest populations on many crops but that could also contribute to a higher harvest as a result.
Ants Maintain a Healthy Ecosystem
Like earthworms, ants also play an important role in aerating the garden soil. They help dig the tunnels that carry the oxygen, water, and nutrients to the roots of the plants.
Ants Help with Pollination
Ants may help with pollination as they go from flower to flower in search for food. This is useful for gardeners who struggle to achieve consistent harvests.
Aside from not being aesthetically pleasing to look at, there are also a number of downsides to consider from having ants in the garden. However, if the ants aren’t damaging the plants in your garden then we believe the pros outweight the cons.