Ants starve rats of food to keep New York clean

December 3, 2014 2:55 PM

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Worried about the roles insects and rats and other city animals play in dealing with city garbage, researchers from North Carolina State University have established that city faunas play a bigger role in keeping the environment clean than people ordinarily imagine it to be.

In a research published in Global Change Biology, the scientists discovered that bugs, cockroaches, ants, and rats should be thanked for helping to consume large garbage and refuse wastes that could have posed environmental challenge and health risks to people living in cities. They found that these...

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