Recently we were called to a local power station site where staff were being attacked by an infestation of aggressive bull ants. Staff were unable to work safely with a large number of these ants scattered throughout the site – the bite is extremely painful.
Bull Ant Characteristics
Bull ants are large, alert ants that can grow up to 40 mm They have characteristic large eyes and long, slender mandibles and a potent venom-loaded sting. They have superior vision, able to track and even follow intruders from a distance of 1 metre. Many species of bull ants have bright red or orange colours on the head or abdomen.
Bull ant nests are usually underground and often have hidden or small entrances. The nests can extend several metres below the ground. They attack intruders of any size that come too close to their nest. Bull ants also have well-developed vision and will follow or even chase an intruder a good distance from the nest. Usually the sight of large aggressive ants streaming out of the nest is enough to prompt a hasty retreat.
How do you get rid of ants?
In this case we were able to act quickly and perform a full ant treatment to the site using specific products that stop these pests in their tracks.
Bull ants can deliver a very painful stinging bite to an unwitting victim. If you or a member of your family are bitten, perform first aid immediately. If the victim displays signs of an allergic reaction or Anaphylaxis,
Call 000 immediately.
- Wash with soap and water.
- Apply and ice pack.
- Use pain relief to help reduce swelling – always get medical advice first.
If you’re concerned you have a bull ant problem or you wish for further advice or assistance, please contact your local team for further advice.