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Carpenter Ant Bites

Can Carpenter Ants Bite People?

Yes. When their nests are disturbed, carpenter ants bite in defense. Due to their large size, the bite can be painful and potentially break the skin. Carpenter ants also spray a defensive chemical of formic acid, which they can spray into the bite wound, further increasing the pain. They use this ability to fight other insects and ant species when threatened.

The discomfort of the bites and the damage they cause to houses and buildings through their nesting is cause to have them controlled. Due to their complex life cycle and nest habits, it is best to contact a pest control expert if you suspect a carpenter ant infestation within your home or building.

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