Killer ants do exist in several parts of the world. Luckily for us living in Canada, the only remotely dangerous ants that are frequently found in Canada are fire ants. Keep reading to find out which ants are killer ants and where to find them.
NOTE: The videos below are not for the faint of heart and show killer ants attacking and destroying other insects/humans.
One of the most dangerous ants is the bulldog ant. Bulldog ants can be found in Australia, including Tasmania, and New Zealand. These ants deliver extremely painful bites and stings to their prey, often simultaneously. The bulldog ant has powerful mandibles, and an even more powerful sting, causing humans a great deal of pain when attacked. When attacking, bulldog ants bite their prey to grasp on and then curve their abdomens so they are able to sting.
Bulldog ant venom is one of the most toxic insect venom in the world. However, humans are usually only harmed by them if they are allergic to the venom and can sometimes have an anaphylactic allergic reaction to bulldog ant bites.
To watch bulldog ants in action, check out this video.
Red Bull Ants
Red bull ants are a species of bulldog ant. They are found in Australia, but mainly in the east. Adult red bull ants are vegetarians, but red bull ant larvae are carnivorous and feed on other insects, including other species of ants. This species of ant can lift 50 times their weight, and can be up to an inch long. See how painful red bull ant bites and red bull ant stings can be at
Harvester ants refer to any species of ants that collect seeds. Although harvester ants are harmless to humans for the most part, there is one type of harvester ant that is venomous. Maricopa harvester ants, which can be found in the Southwest United States, mainly Arizona, is believed to have the most toxic insect venom in the world.
Maricopa harvester ants have extremely painful stings and can cause an allergic reaction to humans if bitten.
Watch how a harvester ant works in this video.
Army ants refer to ant species that form “raids,” which are aggressive foraging groups. Army ants can be found in the Southern United States, Central America, South America, Africa, and Asia. Army ants destroy any prey in their way. They use their mandibles to cut their prey into small pieces and their acid breaks down prey into liquid so they can eat it and continue traveling. Army ants have poor vision, so they tend to overpass prey that is still. You may want to keep that in mind if you ever cross paths with army ants, however, your best bet is to run away!
Watch a clip of army ants devouring other insects here.
Fire ants can be found in most places of the world, especially in North America, Asia, and Australia. Although fire ants have painful bites, they cause more problems for humans due to their attraction to magnetic waves and electricity. They tend to cause damage to electronics due to short-circuiting and other electronic related problems that can be dangerous to humans.
Check out this video to see how fire ants cause problems for humans.
Bullet ants can be found in South America. They look like wingless wasps, and if you’ve ever been stung by a wasp, you can imagine how painful bullet ant stings might be. On the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, which rates the pain causes by insects including wasps and ants, bullet ant stings rate more painful than the stings of paper wasps and harvester ants. The pain of bullet ant stings has even been compared to pain of being shot!
Bullet ant stings are venomous, but unless you’re allergic to their venom, they won’t kill you (although it may feel like they are).
Check out a bullet ant up close in this video:
Although you don’t have to worry about most of these dangerous ants in your yard or home, the ants found in Ontario can still be quite troublesome. If you have ants invading your home, Magical Pest can help. Fill out our contact form or call us directly at (905) 738-6676 today.