My tolerance to ant bites has diminished greatly since my heart surgery, and
I think it is from the blood thinner coumadin. The other day, I had to go
to my cabin. I had to get under it to get some stuff out. My left leg has
no feeling zones due to vein harvesting for the heart bypasses. I had a
fire ant bite me, and I could not feel it. Apparently, he was there for
quite a while. I got a 3/4" nice red mound on my shin that oozed clear
liquid for three days, like a spider's bite. It finally scabbed over.
Another on my forearm, and another on my face. I cannot imagine getting hit
by a bunch of them like I knew in the South. I got hit by five yellow
jackets on my leg last summer, and that was no fun. Big welts with clear
oozing fluid for three or four days. The good thing was that I couldn't
feel three of them. Since then, I have heard WD40 and ammonia are good
I've been away for about five weeks, and things around the ranchita here
have gotten way out of hand. Foxtails up the wazoo, and lots of ant mounds.
I'll probably be dispensing Amdro tomorrow. I do want to go buy some grits,
though, and do an experiment on two sides of the house. I have two acres to
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I would not use any harsh chemicals on bites when there might be a
chance of infection or delayed healing...I use ice on bee stings, for
the pain. Fire ant bites, although rather intensely painful at first,
don't bother me a lot...get a white bump like a pimple and then it goes
away soon. Had a bite once that took months to heal...probably some
kind of spider. It wasn't broken skin, but purplish discoloration under
the skin. If your skin is dry, use lotion like Eucerin or some such...a
little less vulnerable to injury when you protect your skin. Go fishing
and let someone else crawl under the cabin :o)
Put down enough grits and you might get a crop of rats :o)
On Tue, 22 Jun 2010 08:38:15 -0500, Wilfred Xavier Pickles
_Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth_ Found at a farmer supply store. It
is NOT the same as DE used for pool filters.
When ants walk on the tiny fossils it cuts the exoskeleton and they
see also "Diatomaceous Earth - Organic pest control"
<I recommend highly Googling "Leiningen vs The Ants". It's a short
story of one mans encounter with army ants. Its the first item that
comes up. Once you start to read it it will be hard to stop.>
The HG Wells story was also made into a cheesy film starring (who else?)
Charlton Heston called "The Naked Jungle" (available from Netflix). Some
good nature footage mixed in with an anemic plot and the obligatory red
headed romantic lead (filmed in Technicolor). While Wells wasn't right
about army ants reaching the US by 1960, he was pretty much on target for
the fire ant invasion. I think the most fascinating thing army ants do is
to build living bridges of ants over water barriers. Who taught them that?
A school administrator I know was certain that the 7 year old kids in one of
the school's classes were being sexually influenced by an adult. I assured
her that some kids are very precocious about sex and by age seven I knew of
several neighbor kids that were alread "drydocking in the pews" so to speak.
Kids now so much more than when I was a kid . . .
How did we get here from Red Ants? Thread Drift Alert!
Yup. Good old fashioned southern treatment. Works great and won't harm
pets, kids, environment etc.
On a dry day, put a handful of dry grits (can even be instant) on every
mound, also around the house. They eat it, it swells in their stomachs
where they can't expand, and kills them. They will carry it into the mound
and feed the whole pile including the queen.
Will break down into basic organic material of no harm to the grass (in
fact, in time it's a weak fertilizer that will help build topsoil though you
won't use enough to notice that). When it rains, after all is dry, reapply
for a bit until all ants are gone. Once no more signs, occasionally treat
perimeter of yard.
Well, he's from Missouri. Just t'aint the real south there and it's a good
way to use them instant sorts up when your Idaho born hubby comes back with
a 5 lb sack of the pestiferous things and looks confused when you issue a
few 'southernisms at his head'. I reckon they make the instant type to kill
ants and yankees. Didn't kill the yankees (tough critters) but kept 'em
away from the real stuff so the price is low. Hehehe they H'aint be knowin
what they be missin!
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