Ants on the rise in Boaz, Alabama
December 6, 2022 - Troy Blair
BOAZ, Ala. – Residents in one northeast Alabama city say they have been invaded by ants of biblical proportions. The Boaz Advocate reports that residents first noticed the ants on Monday but didn't report them to authorities until Tuesday night because they thought it was just a normal ant problem. City Director of Public Works Lane Hudson says he has never seen anything like it before in his 18 years with the city.
BOAZ, Ala. (AP) – Residents in one northeast Alabama city say they have been invaded by ants of biblical proportions.
According to residents, the ants are so small that it's hard to see them on their own. One woman told us she opened her car door and saw hundreds of ants crawling over her purse. Another said she came home from work one day to find all the food in her pantry had been eaten by ants.
Argentine ants, native to Argentina and Brazil, have been known for migrating northward into warmer climates such as Alabama's 3rd largest city Boaz. The tiny insects have spread along rivers and streams into neighboring states like Mississippi and Georgia since being found in Tennessee almost half a century ago.
While some people may think that the ants are a nuisance, we must remember that they are just trying to survive. We should respect their struggle and try to find ways of living together in harmony with them. And if that fails then at least we can enjoy watching them on National Geographic Channel!