Do Flying Ants Bite? – 7 Facts To Know!

Do flying ants bite

You encounter so many insects during the warmer months. One of them might be flying ants. The question you’re asking is: do flying ants bite?

Do Flying Ants Bite?

The answer is yes, some flying ants will bite. Specific species of flying ants are more prone to biting, and some species will never bite. Flying ants are just like normal ant species but with wings. They often fly for only a few months of the year as they are looking for mates.

To that end, it’s important to pay attention to the wingless ants that bite, such as black carpenter ants and European fire ants. We’ll explain why most flying ants won’t bite (and why some do). We’ll discuss everything you might want to know about these interesting insects.

Let’s get started.

Why Don’t All Flying Ants Bite?

The reason why most flying ants won’t bite is because of their jaw size. They are not large enough or have the strength to bite us. As mentioned, some species of flying ants will bite (or sting).

The two most notable flying ant species: flying carpenter and flying red ants. The latter will deliver a sting that can be very potent. Other species of ants (whether they fly or not) can bite while leaving formic acid on the wound.

What Does a Flying Ant Bite Look Like? – Bite Identification

If bitten by a flying red ant, you will notice a bump that is red and swollen. At some point, it can turn white as pus will be present. You will also experience itching and severe pain.

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If you run into a large number of them, it is possible that you will be bitten in multiple areas. Regardless, it’s important to find pain relief with a solution that contains half water and half bleach. If you catch a fire ant biting you just in time, you won’t need to see any pustules develop since no venom was injected.

Please note that red ant bites (or stings) can lead to serious issues. So it may be a good idea to seek medical attention if you have such concerns. As for carpenter flying ants, an ant bite will be no more than a red bump.

You can treat it with a cold compress until the swelling has subsided. A pain reliever is also optional. If you suffer from an allergic reaction to the bite, medical attention will be needed.

How Do You Avoid Flying Ant Bites?

The best way to avoid flying ant bites is to steer clear of any flying ants that are nearby (especially if there is a large swarm of them). If bitten, you will need to leave the area where they’re hanging out. You can spot a swarm and easily avoid them.

Once you know where a swarm of flying ants are, you’ll want to use a chemical spray designed to kill them. A few squirts can kill a large number of them within five minutes. Alternatively, you can wear clothing that will cover your arms and legs.

You can also wear protective covering for your face and head. If there is a swarm close to your vehicle, get inside quickly and make sure you are at least a few feet away from the flying ants.

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How To Treat Flying Ant Bites:

Generally speaking, flying ant bites aren’t a serious medical issue, but they can be painful and annoying. Thankfully most ailments related to these bites will go away within a few days.

If you’ve been bit by a flying ant, you should put a cold compression rag onto the site of the bite. Along with this you should apply a topical ointment such as hydrocortisone to help reduce swelling and any itching attached.

If you are allergic to ant bites, you should pay extra attention, and seek professional medical attention if needed!

Facts About Flying Ants

Why Do Flying Ants Have Wings?:

Have you ever wondered why flying ants exist? Believe it or not, they are ants that develop wings because it’s part of the mating process. What’s crazy is that the male of one species will have wings while the female will not.

When Are Flying Ants Most Active?:

It will be the other way around for other species of flying ants. They will show up around late spring at the earliest. If there was a long winter the previous year, they can show up later (specifically from the beginning of summer or even midway through it).

Flying ants will become present after a few days of rainy weather. They will communicate with other ant colonies. Females will seek the males to mate with them.

Flying Ant Mating Habits:

After mating, the males will die a few hours later. The females will leave their original colonies and create their own using the sperm of the male ants and mix them with their eggs. Then, the cycle continues as her offspring will continue the same process.

These ants will leave their colonies to mate with other ants from different ones. This is done in order to reduce the number of inbreeding that can occur. In order to avoid predators, flying ants will leave their nest at the same time and stick with each other.

During the mating process, they do something known as ‘hilltopping’. They will usually do this in or around chimneys, towers, bushes, or structures that are large and tall in size. In fact, the mating season of flying ants is a big deal in some parts of the world.

Flying Ant Day:

Flying Ant Day is a specific day that is celebrated in the United Kingdom by insect enthusiasts. This occurs when the winged ants leave their own colonies and search for a mate residing in other colonies. Many spectators witness what is known as the ‘nuptial flight’. 

This happens at almost perfect synchronization. There was a time when there was a flying ant swarm that was large, it was visible from space. Nevertheless, it’s quite an interesting thing to witness every summer in the northern hemisphere (especially in the United Kingdom, in particular).    

Back to the subject of whether they bite. They’ll only bite you if threatened. Otherwise, you may not need to panic if you notice them nearby.

Just leave them be and there should be an issue.

Final Thoughts On Flying Ant Bites:

Some flying ants bite. Others may not. Yet, it’s important to make sure that you steer clear from them.

Being close to them may be enough for a flying ant to perceive you as a threat. Thus, they will bite you as a result. If you know that you will be in an area where they exist, be sure to wear the appropriate attire to protect yourself.

Flying ants are just doing their own thing in an effort to continue their population. The swarm may be fun to watch, but at a safe distance.

Overall I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on do flying ants bite and how to treat flying ant bites!

Resources:

https://uwm.edu/field-station/flying-ants/

About The Author:

David Floyd has 20 years of experience working as a pest control technician as well as running his own pest control company. His main goal is to provide accurate and helpful DIY tips to keep your home pest-free and how to identify different types of household pests!