Types of ants in South Africa

  • Pharaohs ant
  • Common black ant (The former Monomorium pharaonis, and the latter Lasius niger)

Diseases carried

Ants carry bacteria and might transfer them into food or an open wound. There were many disease-causing organisms found on some species of ants such as E. coli, Streptococcus, Shigella, Salmonella and Staphylococcus.

Did you know?

  • Ants have conquered the globe.
  • The world’s largest ant was about 2.4 inches (6 cm) long with a wingspan of almost 6 inches (15 cm).
  • Ants can carry more than 3 times the size of their own body weight.
  • The oldest ant lives for 30 years.
  • There are about 10 quadrillion (10,000,000,000,000,000) ants on the planet.
  • Ants capture other ants and make them work for the colony.