Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Fire ants and the Mongoose
Okay, here it is 0030 and I forgot to post a Blog entry. My schedule gets discombobulated in North Carolina.
Do you have fire ants where you live?
WE had a discussion here in the motor home today about the suckers. I understand they are native to Brazil and entered the USA at the port of Mobile in the 1930s.
I had heard a comment about some tough ants inching up from Florida to North Carolina in the 1970’s but thought nothing about them. On one Christmas trip to Florida with Sonny & Colette we were driving North on I-95 when Sonny said 'pull over at the next little white hill you see on the side of the road.' I saw one and did.
Sonny got out and kicked the hill. He got the surprise of his life. He had a tough time getting them off his leg and out of his shoe. He also got bit a few times. He had also read that Fire Ants were on their way and he wanted to meet them. HE DID!
(Below, from the internet, Fire ant bits or stings)
It is amazing to me how they have spread. I doubt if we will EVER rid the USA of them.
(I have seen plenty of pastures in Florida with this many hills)
The country of Jamaica was once over run with huge rats. Someone came up with the idea of bringing in the mongoose to kill the rats that were destroying the Sugar cane. Now there are less rats in Jamaica but millions of the mongoose (I heard while there). They have about made extinct all birds that nest on the ground.
I guess that backs up the statement heard often, “The cure is sometimes worse than the problem.”
If I am wrong about Jamaica please let me know I hate to be the origin of fake news!
Nite y’all. And………..