Crazy Ants Neutralize Fire Ant Venom (image) University of Texas at Austin Caption Crazy ants (on the right) coat themselves with formic acid to neutralize the venom of the fire ant (at left). Credit Lawrence Gilbert, University of Texas-Austin. Usage Restrictions Copyright, Science. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.