Most ants in Australia are just a pest, invading inside and outside of home and other buildings in search of food, and they can be a health hazard. But according to the Guinness Book of Records(1) Australia has the most dangerous, ferocious ants in the world: The bull ants, (Myrmecia pyriformis).
This ant is also known as the bulldog ants, and the nasty little critter is found all over Australia, including of course, Geelong – there are 90 different species all with diverse life cycles and behaviours(2).
Bull ant has been known to kill people who are allergic or if a person gets multiple bites from swarms of them. They attack with their two large jaws and curl up to sting with their tail at the same time, and they pack a powerful load of formic acid to inject into their victims, which causes a lot of pain.
Bull ant nests are famous for the danger they pose – nests can be several metres underground, and some of the smaller species are called ‘jumper ants’ because of their penchant for aggressively leaping at intruders. Bull ants have excellent eyesight and will follow or even chase an intruder quite a distance from a nest mound.
If you find a bull ant nest around your Geelong house or building, you’ll want to call Acacia Pest Control pest manager as soon as possible to get rid of ants.