Taken from the internet:
The red imported fire ant was imported around the 1930’s and has spread to infest more than 260 million acres of land in nine southeastern states, including all or portions of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma.
In Florida there are millions of white (sand) fire ant hills. In GA,SC and NC there are millions of red dirt Fire Ant hills.
I understand they are dangerous to cattle at times. I know if you get in a bed of them you know it, they sting.
This subject came up because I cut the grass here at the motor home port today and noticed a few ant hills. To Lowes to get some killer. Before I was thru on this 1/4 acre I had treated 50 ant hills. To think of them getting on Stella shook me up.
They can kill small animals and humans, especially if there is an allergic reaction. A lady died recently in SC after being bitten by only a few, she was allergic and didn’t know it. They are strong enough to bother cattle.
Treating the bites is best done by using watered down ammonia or bleach. Meat tenderizer also works. Those treatments ‘denature’ the poison in the ants venom. BUT DO NOT WORK WITH THE ALLERGIC.
I did not realize it but the Fire ant (red or black) is the only ant that stings(or bites). According to my ‘Fire Ant Killer’ the little granules are fed to the queen she dies and can no longer produce more ants. The rest die of starvation (?).
The article I read said the Fire ants are the only ant that lives IN THE MOUND. I scrapped over them to make sure they were still active and every hill was. Anyway the hills are treated.
…..Why don’t they drown in heavy rain?
…..Have we scattered these by mowing?
PS: WE are only 100 miles north of Columbia, SC where some of the terrible flooding is.
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