These ants harm people

Argentine ant

Argentine ants get into people’s homes and cupboards, spoiling their food. Find out more

Argentine ant worker (© Alex Wild

Little fire ant

Little fire ants also nest in people’s homes where they will sting; children are particularly affected. Find out more

Little fire ant worker (© Alex Wild

Red imported fire ant

Red imported fire ant stings can cause anaphylactic shock in some people. Find out more

Red imported fire ant stinging - they also bite! (© Alex Wild

Yellow crazy ant

Yellow crazy ants in high numbers make life a misery as people have ants running over them day and night. Find out more

Yellow crazy ant worker (© Alex Wild

Ghost ant

Ghost ants live indoors and are a major nuisance in the kitchen. Find out more

Ghost ant worker (© Alex Wild

Pharaoh ant

Pharaoh ants often infest hospitals where they can carry diseases. Find out more

Pharaoh ant worker (© Alex Wild

Singapore ant

Singapore ants can cause electrical fires by chewing through wires. Find out more

A close-up of a Singapore ant worker (© Eli Sarnat, Creative Commons Attribution, Share Alike CC BY-SA License)

Tawny crazy ant

Tawny crazy ants short out electronic items and are very irritating. Find out more

Tawny crazy ant worker (© Mike Quinn,, Creative Commons License)

Tropical fire ant

Due to their painful sting, tropical fire ants make infested outdoor areas unusable. Find out more

Tropical fire ant worker (© Alex Wild
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