There are more than 12,500 identified species of ants in the world today. Some ants are more calm, like Harvester Ants, who gather grain and seeds for its colony to survive. But with other ant species, one bite or sting can cause you to black out or can even kill you. Here are a few of the world’s most dangerous ants and what you should be aware of.
The Bulldog Ant
The Bulldog Ant is the official record holder for the most dangerous ant in the world. This ant lives on the coast in Australia. It is an extremely aggressive ant that uses its sting and jaw at the same time. When it bites, it injects venom. It has been known to bite and sting so aggressively that it has killed adults within 15 minutes.
The Pony Ant
The Pony Ant is another type of ant that has an extremely painful sting. This ant is not as aggressive as the Bulldog Ant and won’t just attack for no reason. However, these ants live on the ground, and if you disrupt them, you may just discover how powerful their stings really are.
The Siafu Ant is also known as an Army Ant. They live in Eastern and central Africa and swarm their predators. In fact, these ants will eat and destroy anything that may be in their way. They don’t have nests, but they will swarm other animals and sting and bite. Although, their sting isn’t as painful as their bite.
The Fire ant is one of the most aggressive types of ants. If you disrupt these ants, they will swarm. In addition, they leave a pheromone that makes more ants also attack. These ants also have an extremely painful sting, and unfortunately, if you are stung, your skin will become red, swollen and you may experience lots of puss.
The Bullet Ant is known to have one of the most painful stings. It is found in South America and is also known as the 24-hour ant because of the pain you feel for up to 24 hours after being stung. Some victims even describe being stung by this ant as painful as being shot. This ant releases venom when you are stung.
While there are many more dangerous ants in the world, be cautious of these five and stay away from their stings. If not, you may not live to the tell the tale.