Safe, sustainable & cost effective pest control

One of the advantages of ants is that they attack insects of all sizes because they defend their territory against enemies. Some African ants are even capable of scaring elephants away from the acacia trees in which they live. (Photo: Kim Aaen, NatureEyes)
One of the advantages of ants is that they attack insects of all sizes because they defend their territory against enemies. Ants are great hunters who work cooperatively 🙂 Photo: Kim Aaen, NatureEyes

A review of more than 70 scientific studies proves that ants can control pests on many crops, from cocoa, citrus, palm oil, cedar etc. Most of the studies are on weaver ants (Oecophylla), a tropical species which lives in trees and weaves ball-shaped nests from leaves. They live near the flowers and fruits which are good pest controllers. They don’t need much, only a sugar solution while they build their new nests and some water in dry season.

One three-year study in Australia shows that the crops such as cashew and mango can be exceptionally better protected from pests by weaver ants than by chemicals, which results in higher yields and better quality.

Yield Quality Net Income
Cashew 49% higher better nut 71% higher
Mango same better fruit 73% higher

Sometimes, better solutions simply exist in our nature! 😉

Source: Becky Allen, British Ecological Society & Christina Troelsen, Aarhus University

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