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Are Ants Dangerous?

When we face ants problem as a pest problem in our homes, then it certainly is matter of nuisance. However, ants are beneficial for the eco-system because they not only hunt over a lot of other pest/insects but also contribute to soil fertility. Having said that we can not even deny the fact that few ant species can also have harmful effects on our wellbeing. Sometimes they can be disastrous too!

Ants can carry diseases. Ants can transmit food borne disease organisms. They are known to contaminate food with disease organisms such as E. coli, Shigella, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus and Salmonella. Ants can carry bacteria and might transfer them to food or an open wound.

Ants’ bites can be painful. Yes, most ants’ can bite on human skin. Most of them can be harmless but some ants have such powerful jaws that they can be quite painful. The Fire ant is one of the most aggressive specie of ants. If you disrupt fire ants, they will swarm. Additionally, they leave a pheromone that makes more ants also attack. Around 71% of the 16,000 plus species of ants have stings and venom that consists of primarily formic acid. Rarely, formic acid can trigger severe allergic reactions, and symptoms like chest pains, loss of breath, sweating, swelling, outright fever, slurred speech, dizziness, and more.

Although, ants don’t pose much health risks for humans, yet is advisable not to ignore them inside your home. In garden, ants may offer beneficial services, but can contaminate foods and even carry diseases if they are inside. If you think that your home is infested with ants and all your efforts to control them have failed, then you must call a professional pest control company. Essen Pest Control is once such company and you can contact them at 613 804 7378.

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