Ants are a common household pest that can carry diseases and contaminate food, so it’s natural to want to resolve an ant infestation as quickly as possible. In the spring and summer, however, ants can also become particularly active as their colonies swell, and you might find them accumulating in your outdoor living spaces or destroying crops in your garden.
We can’t remove all the ants outside the home — the entire food chain would collapse without these plentiful prey. But you can use this food chain to your advantage. Some animals in your outdoor spaces certainly want to (and try to) help you control ant populations by eating them.
Many gardeners purchase containers full of live ladybugs to control aphid infestations in their yard. The carnivorous ladybugs eat 40–50 aphids a day, leaving the previously infested plant untouched. Likewise, some species in your own backyard could be beneficial to you (and detrimental to your ant population) without disturbing the local ecosystem.
Today, we’ll explore several common animals that might help ward off ants in your yard or garden, providing a first line of defense against an indoor infestation.