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a lab. PNG Article content Scared of spiders? Ants could help.
A new study by Simon Fraser University researchers has found that chemicals given off by ants, their natural predator, are a deterrent for spiders and could potentially be used to create an effective repellent to ward off any unwanted eight legged guests. a choice between the ant exposed filter paper and unexposed filter paper.
Article content This could be because cross spiders spin their webs high above the ground and are less likely to encounter European fire ants than the other species, and may not have the chance to learn of the predatory ant’s chemical cues, said Fischer.
The spiders didn’t have a reaction to the chemicals emitted by black garden ants and western carpet ants. jpg But this doesn’t mean people should start using the European fire ants as pest control, stressed Fischer.
“This is not a joke,” he said. “These ants are very aggressive. They’re horrible pests and have been found in Vancouver to decrease real estate values once (a property is) infested, because it’s impossible to get rid of them.”
The next step for the researchers is to identity the chemical, which, if safe for humans, could potentially lead to a product on the market in a few years. Fischer hopes he can start working on this next year once the pandemic restrictions on research projects are eased, and he could have a larger research team.
“This is the most promising avenue we have seen in years,” he said. Gerhard Gries, undergraduate student Tea Dong and the University of Toronto’s Yerin Lee.
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