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Do Ants Carry Disease? Do They Spread Germs?

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It might surprise you to know that ants are one of the cleanest, most sanitary species on earth. They have impeccable grooming habits, and take great pride in keeping themselves clean! Their saliva (which is what they clean themselves with) has antibacterial properties. Also the physical nature of the lipid layer covering their exoskeleton does not retain bacteria well. All these factors together make ants one of the most sanitary living beings!

When we think of insects, we tend to think of them as unsanitary beings that track germs and other bacteria wherever they go. Research actually shows that ants are much cleaner than humans. Not washing your hands will expose you to more bacteria than a colony of ants will.

The perception that ants carry disease or are somehow unclean, is probably linked to the fact that not all insects are a sanitary as ants. Flies, unlike ants, are not known for their grooming habits and have no problem flying from a manure pile to your dinner plate in one fell swoop.

In addition to not carrying germs wherever they go, ants do not transfer human disease through biting or stinging. Though some species of ants (such as carpenter ants, pharoah ants and fire ants) have been known to bite, they do not transfer disease in doing so.

If you’re dealing with an ant problem and would like to eliminate them from your home give Magical Pest Control a call! We eliminate ant problems quickly and safely. You can reach our ant control division at (905) 738-6676 or fill out our contact form. We’ll get back to you with an effective pest control solution for your ant problem as soon as possible.

One thought on “Do Ants Carry Disease? Do They Spread Germs?

  1. There is one ant species, the Pharaoh Ants [Monomorium pharaonis Linnaeus] that can transmit over a dozen pathogens such as Salmonella spp., Staphylococcus spp., and Streptococcus spp. to human particularly if this comes from hospitals and suddenly enters your home. It has been observed seeking moisture from the mouths of sleeping infants and from in-use IV bottles.

    So it’s not always true that ants are clean!

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