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The Top Benefits Of Ants In The Garden


Ants are oftentimes an overlooked and under appreciated insect. Sure, there are some types of ants that bite and are considered dangerous. But there are many other types of ants that are perfectly harmless and also very beneficial to your garden and to the ecosystem in general. 

So let's look at some of the good reasons to keep ants around. I think you will find it to be a mutually beneficial relationship! 

 

Here are the top 5 reasons why ants are beneficial to the garden: 

1. Ants are great pollinators. Have you ever noticed ants crawling around on your squash flowers? I'll bet you have. All of that busy ant/flower activity leads to pollination which equals more squash fruit come harvest time! Sure, ants may not be as efficient as bees are at pollinating, but in these trying times with low bee populations, we need to be grateful for all of the other pollinating insects, like ants! 

 

2. Ants are natural predators and help to control the population of insects that may be harmful to your garden. Ants eat the larvae and eggs of these insects, which prevents them from eating your garden. 

3. Ants live in colonies underground. They tirelessly dig tunnels and caverns. This is beneficial to the garden because it provides natural soil aeration, which keeps the soil loose and prevents it from becoming compacted around the roots of garden plants. 



4. Ants provide a nutrient dense food source for other backyard animals. Frogs and birds eat ants as part of their natural diet. Having ants around will encourage beautiful birds like nuthatches and downy woodpeckers into your yard as well. 

5. Ants fertilize the soil. They do so in many ways. Ants can often be found lugging organic materials such as leaves and other insects into their underground tunnels. These things will eventually decay and become fertilizer essentially. The ants themselves will also become fertilizer when they themselves die. It's the circle of life.



I hope this article will make you take a second look at ants and make you think highly of this mighty little insect and gardener's smallest friend. 

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