Q:

Do ants bite?

A:

Quick Answer

Ants do bite, and getting bit by fire ants can be particularly painful. Carpenter ants can also bite if they feel their nests are being attacked. They will bite out of self-defense, and these ants also spray formic acid into the bite to increase the pain and irritation.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

Fire ant bites (also called stings, even though these ants to not have stingers) are especially painful. When fire ants swarm a person and bite, the victim may need medical attention. Symptoms of a fire ant bite include swelling of the bite site, itching and pain. The bites often resemble a rash and can linger up to a week.

Learn more about Ants

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are tiny red ants?

    A: Visible tiny red ants are most likely one of the roughly 200 species of fire ants belonging to the genus 'Solenopsis.' The small nuisance ants typically ra... Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Do black ants eat termites?

    A: Black ants do eat termites (also known as white ants) as they are natural enemies. The predation is slow and can last from several hours to few days. The i... Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Where do flying ants come from?

    A: According to the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, flying ants come from an established colony in the area where they have been observed. Th... Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What attracts ants?

    A: Food and water attract ants. Different ant species prefer different types of food, but most of them eat organic matter or nectar. This means that anything ... Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore