Ants love the summer just as much as you do. Notice how they seem to be everywhere during the summer season.

Ants belong to the insect order Hymenoptera, the order which also includes bees and wasps. There are actually over 12,000 species of ants. Some species have a mild sting. However, there are ants with bites that can cause allergic reactions. These include fire ants and harvester ants.

Fire ants bite the skin until the stinger injects the venom. The bite may be unnoticed because it is overshadowed by the painful intensity of the sting. The sting is the ant’s defensive measure to protect its colony and to capture prey.


Over-the-counter products are available for the treatment of itching and pain when bitten by fire ants. You can apply a cold compress on the affected area to alleviate pain and itching. Taking oral antihistamines for itch can also bring relief.  If the pain is dominant, analgesics such as acetaminophen/paracetamol can he lp. When inflammation of the affected is slow to resolve, a short-course of oral corticosteroids can do the job. If there are allergic symptoms, such as headaches, nausea or dizziness, or difficulty breathing, medical treatment should be sought immediately.

To prevent getting bitten by the pesky ants, remove visible ant nests. Parsons Pest Control offers products that can help you get rid of ants. To prevent getting bitten, you should avoid walking barefoot. If you engage in outdoor activities, wear trousers and a long-sleeve shirt.


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