New Ant-Agonist on Pesticide Market
Using ants as pest control may become the new trend according to a study done by Joachim Offenberg, professor of bioscience at Aarhus University. Weaver ants are proving to be the new method of deterring destructive insects from attacking crops in countries such as Vietnam. The plants protected by the weaver ants tend to have less pests, plant damage, and a higher yield than plants protected by traditional pesticides. How does this work?
The weaver ants are able to coordinate attacks against predators as if they were one organism. They do this by sending out pheromones to each other that allow them to band together like an army against whatever is threatening the plant. They then kill the intruder and bring it back to the colony to eat. Any crops that hang close to the nest automatically fall under the weaver ants’ territory and protection. In studies, the ants have shown to be effective at keeping away over fifty different kinds of pests. And while the ants pose a threat to insect intruders, they are not harmful to humans.
Introducing the ants to the crops is fairly simple. Farmers simply hanging nests in plastic bags from the branches of the tree and feeding them sugar water until they build a new nest on the tree.
Would you consider implementing this environmentally safe and seemingly more effective method of pest control?