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Bluffton, SC
(Zone 9a)

April 12, 2008
4:18 AM

Post #4795974

thanks this was really informative. i will definitely put this to use! i got attacked seven times last weekend and was completely covered in those "pimple-like pustules" you mentioned. it was like an army of cigarette butts, which you also mentioned, crawling up my hands arms legs and feet! one time there was a very heavy rain storm brought by a hurrican, which flooded the low lying areas in my friend's yard. he and his neighbor went swimming, but had no clue that the ants had not died, but were simply floating on the surface. needless to say, they didn't stay in very long, and won't be forgetting that experience very soon even when you grow up around them like me and him did, and they are a part of your daily life almost, you never really ever get used to them

PS thanks again
PPS these love to live in pots that are sitting on the ground, especially after rain, or if the soil in that area is wet, so be careful everyone!!!
Anderson, SC
(Zone 7b)

April 12, 2008
3:58 PM

Post #4797462

I learned about the pots the hard way last summer, and eeewwwwwwwwwww about swimming with floating fire ants!! That gives me the heeby-jeebys!!
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 12, 2008
7:41 PM

Post #4798294

They are also fond of compost piles, soft soil and newly disturbed ground. People who move into new housing subdivisions where the bulldozers have scraped off the native vegetation usually have to deal with a plethora of mounds for several years.
Englewood, FL

April 14, 2008
8:59 PM

Post #4808439

I read somewhere that the ant bite "pustules" are actually white corpuscles fighting the infection. Scratching them open could lead to infection. most of the stuff I've used on the ant mounds just moves them into my neighbors yard.

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