In "Leiningen Versus the Ants" by Carl Stephenson, what threat do the ants pose to Leiningen?

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In  "Leiningen Versus the Ants," Leiningen is a colonialist farmer in the Amazon River Basin who's way of life is being threatened by an encroaching hoard of ants. The threat is so real and so dangerous that all the other colonists abandon their farms and flee the river basin. Leiningen is the only colonist who has the courage to stay and try to fight the ants. His native South American workers trust him and are encouraged to stay on--instead of flee--and help him fight the ants.

The ants encroachment is two miles wide and ten miles long in number. They will devour any crop that falls in their path. They also pose a threat to human life because the two mile wide wall of ants would devastate human life as well. The continued existence of Leiningen's farm, crops, house compound, family, loyal and devoted workers, livestock all are threatened.

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