Do Ants Eat Termites?
Nature’s balancing act can be pretty amazing when it comes to pests. Birds eat mosquitos, spiders eat flies, and frogs and beetles eat cockroaches. And if you’ve ever seen the video on YouTube you know that ants devour termites in a swarming killing frenzy that would shock even the most avid horror movie fan.
Ants do not attack termites because they are a danger but because they are so darn tasty. Termites are packed with protein, fats, vitamins, and minerals. In fact, the wood-eating pests are more nutritious than chicken and beef. That’s why termites are on the dinner menu in some countries. For ants, a termite is a crawling buffet. It is packed with all the nourishment normally found by ants invading your pantry. So who do we root for in this battle of the bugs keeping in mind that in the insect world the enemy of your enemy is your friend? Unfortunately, it’s a draw.
If you have a termite problem, introducing hoards of ants into your home would be akin to cutting off your finger because of a hangnail. Ants can create nests in your baseboards, inside walls, around heaters and pipes, and many other places you don’t want thousands of ants eating and breeding. The ants will likely eat the termites, but not fast enough to prevent the wood-eaters from doing some serious damage to your home.
It’s true that ants are termites’ main enemy and may provide some termite control. But the degree of control depends on the availability of other food sources for the ants. In other words, eating crumbs under your fridge and the grease around your stove is easier for ants than battling termites into submission. Nature’s balancing act may be amazing but when it comes to ants, termites, and you, that’s a fight best left to creatures with more than two legs.