Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Medical importance of ants.

Abstract

Several subfamilies of ants have medical consequences because of the transmission of bacteria by specific ants and because of stings with the injection of venom that may produce life-threatening human reactions. These reactions will be discussed and related to specific ant species. Other adverse reactions may result from bites or acute sensitivity to ants. Subfamilies included in this discussion will be Formicinae, Myrmicinae, Ponerinae, and Pseudomyrmecinae. Urban development that disturbs habitats and world travel bring more people into contact with different and exotic species that contribute to the growing importance of understanding the medical importance of ants.