I live in Chicago and just stumbled upon some sort of really small red
ants. It turns out that it bit me and felt like a sting. I did some
research on 'fireants', and I read that they can't survive/live in
I was wondering if anybody has any ideas on what could have stung
on 8/11/2007 4:20 PM firstname.lastname@example.org said the following:
The "Fire Ants" most of us think of is the S American fire ant that has
migrated into the southern US. However, there is another fire ant that
can exist in the northern US, and that is the European Fire Ant (Myrmica
rubra). Like its southern counterpart, it can sting.
I live in Michigan, right across the lake from Chicago. I grew up on a farm,
and we've always had "red ants" that would bite.
They were usually fairly small. I've also experienced the Southern type fire
ants, and the ones up North are NOT the same. Southern fire ants will attach
animals or people who just happen to be near them. The ones that we have up
here will only bite if you are really messing with them or if they get
caught in your clothes.
said the following:
As mentioned you are thinking of the imported fire ant rather than the
native ants that can also sting...not sure if yall even have true native
fire ants up there. Every few years though I will see an article talking
about an imported fire ant nest actually surviving a Northern winter.
Fire ants are common in southern Illinois so I would think it would be
possible for someone to transport them from there to Chicago.
Thanks for all the great information! My gf had the ants on her leg
and got stung/bit two or three times. Then I went to go look at where
it was, and while I was walking back into the backyard, I felt a
stinging/biting feeling on my stomach. I look down and saw the small
red ant right where it hurt.
Again, thanks for all the great information!
On Sat, 11 Aug 2007 20:20:21 -0000, " email@example.com"
I am in Florida, the ant capital of the country. One thing I have
found is you never say never about ants. Just about the time you think
they never do something or they always do something you find some that
don't follow the rules. I have found carpenter ants that "always" live
in wet wood, living in a plastic diskette box on a very dry computer
table. (over 100 with eggs). We have a fire ant here that will take in
displaced worker/soldiers from a dead colony and the white foot ant
can have multiple queens.
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