There are over 1400 species of ants that are officially recognized, but that number could go up as different species are discovered and named. There are a few green ants and some have a metallic appearance, but most are either red or black. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a black ant and a red ant? Is there even a difference other than the color? Below you’ll find out the differences between red ants and black ants and where you can find each type.
Red Ants are also called Fire Ants and may be referred to as a Ginger Ant in some places. Red ants or Fire Ants are unique because unlike other ants they bite with their mouths to hold on and then they sting injecting toxins into their prey (or an unsuspecting human). The venom causes a burning pain at the site of the wound that some say feels like fire. Red ants are also more aggressive than black ants, and in recent years and have been partially blamed for the decline in the number of some small animals such as quail, song birds, lizards, and frogs. Even the United States Department of Agriculture is doing what it can to combat these ants because of their aggressiveness. Red Ants can be found in the ground, and you may even see a large mound marking the location of a colony.
Black ants will bite and spray acid on the wound, but it doesn’t hurt as bad as the venom from a red ant. Black ants are more of a nuisance than a health concern. Black ants will nest in trees, wood, and you may even find them in your house. Unlike red ants, black ants are not aggressive and my not even bite a human unless they’re startled.
If you’re bitten by any ant be aware of signs of an allergic reaction such as your tongue swelling, throat closing up, or difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms seek help immediately because you could have an allergy to ants.