Do Ants Transmit Disease? 

We all know how frustrating ants can be. They seem to come back time and time again, no matter how many you kill. While this is annoying, we don’t often consider ants to be dangerous. A closer look at scientific research, however, indicates that ants can actually transmit harmful germs and bacteria. This can sometimes make people ill and can be especially dangerous for high-risk groups, so ant control is always a good idea. 



Ants do not carry diseases themselves, but because they live in and move through areas with germs and bacteria, they can pick it up and contaminate other surfaces. In other words, they are carriers of germs, but not carriers of diseases. Areas where they may come into contact with dangerous bacteria include: bathrooms, kitchens, garbage cans, and more.

One of the most serious concerns with ants and bacteria is in medical facilities. A common species of ants, known as Pharaoh ants, are very attracted to the fluid that is produced by burn wounds. Burn wards in hospitals must be very vigilant to prevent pharaoh ants because they can transmit pathogens like salmonella, staphylococcus, clostridium, and streptococcus to patients who are highly susceptible to complications. 

Although it does not concern a disease, another health problem that ants can cause is with their bites and stings. Fire ants are especially notorious for painful stings. Symptoms of ant stings can include pain, swelling, itching, and in extremely rare cases, even anaphylaxis. Stings and bittes can also open the door for secondary infections to occur.

Sunshine Coast Ant Control

In conclusion, ants are not a significant source of disease transmission, but they can be dangerous to certain groups and on rare occasions. Mostly, you will just be annoyed to find ants traipsing through your kitchen and digging hills in your yard. Regardless of why you want the ants gone, the most effective way to ensure you are ant-free is to hire a professional pest control company to perform regular treatments. Radar Pest Control serves the great people in Buderim, Nambour, Bli Bli and surrounding areas. Contact us today for pest control Sunshine Coast.

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