In the laboratory, formic acid can be obtained by heating oxalic acid in glycerol and extraction by steam distillation.  Solid formic acid, which can exist in either of two polymorphs, consists of an effectively endless network of hydrogen-bonded formic acid molecules.  The principal danger from formic acid is from skin or eye contact with the concentrated liquid or vapors. In the presence of platinum, it decomposes with a release of hydrogen and carbon dioxide. I am assuming they don't and this is a stupid question, but I have had carbon monoxide poisoning twice, I would like to buy a Latex mattress and I don't need CO issues for a third time. In nature it usually exists in the form of a colorless liquid. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 19, 2019: Hi, Leonard. Aloha- we have had the LFA introduced here on the Big Island and now up to 30% of our pets have issues with a clouding over of their eyes. Formic acid preparations are used to kill varroa and tracheal mites that invade honeybee hives and attack the bees. Answer: I'm not a health care professional, so the best advice that I can give you is to visit a doctor so that he or she can look at the bite and treat it. Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 13, 2014: I read this because I'd suffered a painful stung by a fire ant and a swelled ankle. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on October 10, 2011: Hi, PADDYBOY60. A person suffering from this disorder is unable to create the enzyme that changes phenylalanine into tyrosine. The chemical is also used to create artificial flavors for foods and drinks and artificial scents for perfumes. When a crazy ant is stung by a fire ant, the crazy ant curls its abdomen upwards to its mouth, secretes formic acid from its venom gland, and then rubs the secretion over its body. , In August 2020 researchers at Cambridge University announced a stand alone advanced ‘photosheet’ technology that converts sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into oxygen and formic acid with no other inputs. However, the formaldehyde is rapidly transformed into formic acid and doesn’t collect in the body. Bee venom is a complex mixture of many chemicals. In 2009, the worldwide capacity for producing formic acid was 720 thousand tonnes (1.6 billion pounds) per year, roughly equally divided between Europe (350 thousand tonnes or 770 million pounds, mainly in Germany) and Asia (370 thousand tonnes or 820 million pounds, mainly in China) while production was below 1 thousand tonnes or 2.2 million pounds per year in all other continents. Bob Peterson, via flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0 License. I'm always spraying the basement and she comes up itching all the time. I'm afraid that I can't answer your question. However, health agencies say that a person’s normal exposure to methanol, including the methanol produced from aspartame, is too low to cause health problems. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 18, 2017: This sounds like a horrible situation. Whether you are making rubber as a business or as a hobby, it's very important to know how to perform all the steps safely and to know about any potential dangers. I can understand why you’re concerned, but I can’t answer your question with certainty. For this reason, 98% formic acid is shipped in plastic bottles with self-venting caps. I have a question I hope you can answer. I've never seen any information about using formic acid from yellow crazy ants as a cleaning agent. I quickly made a baking soda paste and spread it all over my ankles/feet. , Formic acid is unique among the carboxylic acids in its ability to participate in addition reactions with alkenes. These probably contribute to the painful sting. Some of the methanol produced in the body is made from aspartame. This was an extremely interesting read.  The co-product of this decomposition, carbon dioxide, can be rehydrogenated back to formic acid in a second step. Nucleic acids are the building blocks of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and RNA (ribonucleic acid). In synthetic organic chemistry, formic acid is often used as a source of hydride ion. Formic acid is corrosive and damages tissues of humans and many other animals, but I don't know whether it interferes with metabolic pathways. Perhaps the agriculture department of a local college or other organization could help you. Is it possible to reuse the diluted formic acid in swine manure to reduce its bacteria with-out degrading its properties in land fertilization? The following table lists the EU classification of formic acid solutions: Formic acid in 85% concentration is flammable, and diluted formic acid is on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration list of food additives. Are they harmful? Answer: Yes, formic acid can be harmful to humans, depending on the concentration. Perhaps you'll prefer the next one that appears.  The wood ants from the genus Formica can spray formic acid on their prey or to defend the nest. the reason for the urine test was, we use formaldehyde when cleaning houses and we wanted to see if they hhad levels of this in their system. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 21, 2013: Hi, Stanley. Deborah L. Osae-Oppong from Chicago, IL on February 27, 2013: Fascinating article! The LFA was actually here longer than the OTF problem. The most widely used base is sodium methoxide. Concentrated formic acid slowly decomposes to carbon monoxide and water, leading to pressure buildup in the containing vessel. Formic acid is a source for a formyl group for example in the formylation of methylaniline to N-methylformanilide in toluene.. Meteorites may have carried formic acid to Earth. Answer: If you want to destroy a tree, you need to dig it up by its roots. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 17, 2017: I hesitate to make a definite recommendation when the lives of honey bees are at stake. In addition, formic acid is used in leather tanning, in the processing of textiles and paper, and in the conversion of latex from the rubber tree into rubber. Question: Can formic acid from the carpenter ants I have in the basement be causing a couple of small patches of missing hair on my cat with underlying glistening and red skin? Formic acid is named after ants which have high concentrations of the compound in their venom. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 06, 2013: Thank you very much for the comment, T! Wood ants, yellow crazy ants, and tawny crazy ants all belong to the Formicinae subfamily. Scientists think that formic acid may have played a role in the origin of life on Earth.