Ants clean tons of trash from New York streets each year

December 5, 2014 8:33 PM

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Ants clean tons of trash from New York streets each year

A new study finds that arthropods - ants, beetles, mites and other small creatures - eat up tons of garbage on the streets of Manhattan. Literally tons.

"This isn't just a silly fact,"said Elsa Youngsteadt, a research associate at North Carolina State and lead author of a paper on the bugs in Global Change Biology. "This highlights a very real service that these arthropods provide. They effectively dispose of our trash for us."

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