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Ant attack

By Liu Zhihua  (China Daily)

10:34, June 06, 2012

Do not underestimate these tiny insects, which look harmless. If you find ants in your home, help is underway.

Awar has been declared on Beijing's rising ant population, which experts say poses a health risk because they can spread diseases, such as dysentery, typhoid and pneumonia. "Ants look tiny and safe, but they are as harmful as cockroaches and rats," says Wu Jian, an ant expert with State Forestry Administration.

"Most people are not aware of the potential harm they pose, and that is very dangerous."

More than 40 percent of houses in Beijing were infested with ants in 2011. In response, the Beijing health authority has launched a campaign to eliminate the pest.

Beijing resident Lu Li says she was overwhelmed when she found her apartment overrun by ants.

The apartment was in a community built in the 1990s, and Lu's family moved into it a couple of years ago.

Two years ago, Lu's son saw ants climbing into the living room through the pipes.

But Lu didn't pay much attention, as she thought she should not make too much fuss over a few ants looking for food.

But she soon found ants everywhere in her apartment.

"They are as mad as devils," Lu says.

"I saw them everywhere, from the kitchen to the living room, from the windowsills to the bedrooms."

Lu used almost every solution she could find from the Internet, such as spray, alcohol and insecticide, but they only provided temporary relief. Very soon, the ants were back again.

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