When it comes to ants we humans have developed a “love/hate” relationship with them. We can admire them for their industry, their social behaviour, their ability to change their environment to suit themselves and their ability to defend themselves. We are not so fond of them when we find them inside our pantries, power points and electrical motors. They can be an economic pest in agriculture by attacking crop seed-beds, or by guarding and transporting aphids and coccids harmful to crops and orchards.
Ants and their Control
“Those blasted ants! Where did they come from?”

There’s no doubt that even the early cavemen would have uttered those very words in the Neanderthal tongue – maybe as they were sitting down to have a picnic feast on some woolly mammoth steaks...