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Have You Heard About Trap-Jaw Ants?

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Have you ever seen an ant that looks like a hammer head shark, stings like a bee and can fly through the air like a piece of popcorn. Sounds a little unreal, doesn't it? Well, as fictional as it may seem, these pests actually exist and may be on a property near you! This ant is called the trap-jaw ant because its mouth parts are able to open 180 degrees. This ant, with a bite like a bear trap, is moving on to new territory in the southeastern parts of the United States. This ant has been living in North America for the past 50 years. Now it is on the move and increasing in population. Scientists are unsure of why this ant is on the move. They have a theory that it may be due to climate change or population growth needing more territory.

These ants have an incredibly fast bite; as fast as 140 mph. This bite is one of the fastest known movements in the animal kingdom. These ants use this biting power to launch themselves in the air when they feel threatened. When they are frightened they move their jaw against the ground and bite down launching themselves into the air. They use this to either fling themselves away from danger or to attack prey. They also have a stinger on the end of their abdomen. This can be incredibly concerning to have a stinging ant flying at you.

If you find these ants around your home, proceed with caution. Although these ants are unpredictable and can sting, they are not a serious threat unless you find you are allergic to their venom. These ants are new on the pest list. Here are some tips that might help keep these ants away from the home.

  • They are known to be found in tropical locations under dead wood or on the forest floor. Try to clean up any dead wood in your yard and keep wood piles away from your home.

  • These ants are attracted to sweet things. If you have any food outside make sure it is in sealed containers.

  • They have small colonies of around 200 ants. You could try an ant spray. If that fails you can call a professional exterminator to help you take care of the infestation.

These ants may seem a little strange to us but they could become more common than we want. Keep an eye out for crazy flying ants with stingers and huge jaws. Approach them with caution and call an exterminator upon coming into contact with these pests!

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