How big can an ant grow?
Ants usually fall in between 1/8 inch to 3/8 inch long. A few species, however, can grow as large as an inch or more. Large black carpenter ants, for example, can grow up to 5.5 mm long – about the size of a standard pencil eraser.
How many kinds of ants are there in the world?
With approximately 12,000 species of ants in every continent around the globe except Antarctica, there are so many kinds of ants that scientists have yet to classify all of them. However, you’ll find only about two dozen types of ant species in the United States.
How can I keep ants out of my trash cans and garbage containers?
Place open plastic or paper containers of food in sealed bags. The ants can’t climb into the bags and they won’t be able to find their way into your trash container through the plastic. If you have a bagless trash bin, put it inside a larger garbage can with a lid. If you want to use an ant bait, place it inside the trash can rather than on your counter or in the kitchen.
Do Ants Bite/Sting?
Yes, a few kinds of ants do bite humans. In fact, the fire ant is considered to have one of the most painful stings among all insect species. Fire ants’ stingers are barbed, which means that as they withdraw from their victim, the stinger remains stuck in the skin and continues to inject poison over an extended period of time. In some cases, the toxin can even cause allergic reactions.
Ants do not have stingers. Instead, they can spray a toxic chemical from their abdomens that are incredibly painful when it comes in contact with human skin.