Depending on the species and location, ant bites can range from minor irritation to serious illness. Some species are toxic and can be fatal. If you are bitten by an ant, be sure to consult with your physician or emergency room.
Some species of ants, such as fire ants, release venom that feels like burning. These ants are aggressive and can sting multiple times. The venom is released into your skin and can cause redness, pain, and swelling.
Ants are a part of the Hymenoptera insect order. Other insects in this order are bees, wasps, and butterflies. There are about 12,000 species of ants in the world. The most common ant species are bulldog ants and harvester ants. Some species use their mouth parts to bite, while others spray toxic acid or formic acid onto your skin.
Ant bites occur when an ant uses its mouth to pinch your skin. Some species can deliver up to 13 drops of venom per second.
Stinging ants are a part of the Hymenoptera order, which includes wasps, bees, and butterflies. There are about 1,000 species of ants in North America. Some species are more aggressive than others. Some species avoid confrontation with larger opponents and may attack only for a moment. Other species are more aggressive and can bite multiple times.
Ant bites are not dangerous. However, they can lead to anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction. If you have anaphylaxis, use an EpiPen or call 911.