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Old 10-18-2009, 07:27 AM   #1
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is it safe to eat stuff that had ants crawling on it?

i live in socal and we have this little black ants (seem standard enough to me) and often times they walk on my plates or a fork or something. i always wash it off, but i want to know if there is a greater risk than i am aware of. i live in a pretty nice place surrounded by lots of vegetation, not in the middle of a busy downtown or something. do these ants propose a significant health risk if there were a few on a bagel or something and i brushed them off and ate the bagel anyway?
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:31 AM   #2
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Re: is it safe to eat stuff that had ants crawling on it?

Theoretically yes - depending on what ground they walked before, i.e. feces, dead animals, chemicals, you get the idea.

Not sure if they can actually carry diseases.
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:53 AM   #3
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Re: is it safe to eat stuff that had ants crawling on it?

Funny story. One morning I ate a bowl of cereal. Then I poured a second bowl, and began to eat it. Gazing out the window, some movement nearby gleaned out of the corner of my eye caught my attention. It looked down, and there were ants crawling around on the counter top... and on the cereal box... and oh look, they were coming out of the cereal box itself... and there are even tiny little ants on my arm, on my hand, on the spoon, and...

I forced myself to look down at the bowl of cereal. It was a swarming mass of tiny black motion.

It was, remember, my second bowl. Oh well. What are you gonna do?

Anyway, I'm no worse for wear.
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Old 10-18-2009, 12:44 PM   #4
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Re: is it safe to eat stuff that had ants crawling on it?

Good news: ants aren't really disease carriers.

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/...sease-carriers

So you really aren't in any sort of risk. Hell, you could eat the ants if you really wanted to.
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Old 10-18-2009, 02:31 PM   #5
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Re: is it safe to eat stuff that had ants crawling on it?

i still probably wouldnt, cause you know, its effing disgusting.
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Old 10-18-2009, 03:47 PM   #6
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Re: is it safe to eat stuff that had ants crawling on it?

meh, high protein
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:33 PM   #7
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Re: is it safe to eat stuff that had ants crawling on it?

cover 'em in chocolate ftw

Probably nicer and more nutritous than the cereal even without the chocolate.
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:38 PM   #8
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meh, high protein
so does semen and dog meat, neither of which i enjoy in my mouth
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:02 PM   #9
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so does semen and dog meat, neither of which i enjoy in my mouth
how do you know this?
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:01 PM   #10
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Re: is it safe to eat stuff that had ants crawling on it?

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cover 'em in chocolate ftw

Probably nicer and more nutritous than the cereal even without the chocolate.
This is true, except with your Corn Flakes there is less concern about where they've bin (or, as you say in England, "where they've bean").
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:06 PM   #11
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semen: internet
dog meat: lived in china for a while.
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:03 PM   #12
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Re: is it safe to eat stuff that had ants crawling on it?

Even if they have traipsed microscopic amounts of feces onto your food, your immune system should take care of the extra bacteria, no problem.
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Old 10-18-2009, 10:34 PM   #13
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Common misconception. This is how Zombie movies start.
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:33 AM   #14
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Eat your bagel, you're going to be okay.
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:40 AM   #15
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Re: is it safe to eat stuff that had ants crawling on it?

In my crib, I let the spiders alone. I figure they catch and eat most of the flying stuff. Plus it's cool when one of them drops down fromt the ceiling on a thread to say hi while I'm on the computer. I'm cool with ants outside, but inside, no. I buy traps. Same with las cucarachas or mice.
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