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Consequences of ant bites

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Ants have inhabited our planet for thousands of years and often set up their anthills near people. They find proximity to humans beneficial because food and warm shelter can be found here. If you think that ants are absolutely safe for humans, then this is not at all true. These insects bring many problems to the house: they spoil the interior, furniture, food and can spread infections.

The appearance of ants in the house

These insects can breed themselves not only in a country house or country house, but also in an ordinary city apartment. Ants appear most often in low-rise buildings, since it is difficult for them to reach the upper floors of high-rise buildings. However, cases of infection also occur in such places.

Here are a few abilities of ants that help them penetrate almost any place:
- They can chew through any material;
— Easily climb vertical surfaces;
— They build nests inside furniture and things in the shortest possible time.

Ants can also damage food and pet food. If there are carriers of infections and bacteria among the ants, pathogenic microorganisms will quickly spread in your home. And, of course, ants can bite a person or pet. Therefore, it is important to quickly detect these unwanted “guests”.

If you notice an ant in your home, you must immediately take measures to destroy them. Typically these problems occur in spring or summer. If the ants decide to take up residence in your home in earnest, entire squads of workers can enter through windows and cracks in the walls.

There are many types of ants. They can be black or red, such as pharaoh ants. The latter are the most vital species and set up their shelters in any room. They can even chew through wooden furniture to create a nest inside the wood. Black ants, on the contrary, are usually found in summer cottages, since they prefer to live in the ground. They rarely enter residential areas except when searching for food. However, it cannot be said that they cannot move into a regular residential apartment.

How to recognize bites

When an ant feels threatened, it may bite. Ant bites usually cause itching and irritation, leaving a hard red mark on the skin. Ants usually bite soft areas of the skin, such as the elbows, groin area or under the knee. If you have an allergic reaction to an ant bite, the bite site may become inflamed and form a blister. Although an ant bite itself is not a serious threat, the allergic reaction can be severe and unpleasant.

Signs of an ant bite include:

  • Redness and itching of the skin around the bite;
  • Swelling or swelling at the site of the bite;
  • Pain and itching at the bite point;
  • Possible symptoms of nausea and dizziness.

When an ant bites, it injects a toxic substance called “formic acid” into the wound. A reaction to this substance can cause discomfort and allergic reactions. If you experience complications, it is important to seek medical help immediately. Doctors can prescribe you an appropriate allergy medication that will help relieve unpleasant symptoms.

How to treat a house ant bite

As mentioned earlier, ant bites can cause discomfort. However, itching and swelling are not the only problems. Along with the ant's poison, an infection can enter the body, which aggravates the situation. To reduce the risk of possible complications, simple measures to treat the bite should be taken immediately.

Steps to treat an ant bite:

  • Remove the insect from the skin.
  • Treat the bite wound with an alcohol solution or peroxide.
  • In nature, you can apply plantain to the affected area.
  • You can use a compress of lemon juice at home.

An increase in temperature around the bites indicates a possible inflammatory process. If these symptoms do not disappear within one to two days, it is recommended to consult a doctor.

To avoid the inconvenience and problems associated with the presence of ants, it is important to take immediate action to eliminate them. There are many ways to deal with this problem, but the most effective solution is to seek help from a pest control professional.

How to get rid of ants using pest control

Have ants attacked your home? You should get rid of them as soon as possible, and professional disinfestation of the premises will help with this. You can order this sanitary treatment from a professional company.

Such companies provide all types of sanitary treatments:

  • Disinfection;
  • Deratization;
  • Fumigation;
  • Pest control;
  • Coronavirus treatment.

F.A.Q.

What are the consequences of an ant bite?

In most cases, ant bites do not lead to serious complications. The affected area may become red and the bites will be itchy and uncomfortable. These symptoms usually disappear within a few hours or days. You can find out more about how to treat a bite in our article.

Why do ants bite people?

Ants usually bite in response to a threat. If you pose a danger to them, the ant can use its defense - acid. Other insects defend themselves in a similar way.

Which ants bite more painfully?

The most painful bites are left by red ants. They are significantly larger compared to black ants, sometimes several times larger. Red ants are most often found in urban environments. Red ant bites often cause allergic reactions.

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