|Okay first of all I love the site! - I am making
my husband read your Fire ant page when he gets home....!! Great info and
hope to try some of your products soon.....
We moved to Florida from Texas/Lousiana area.2 weeks ago ..Growing up in Texas Ive had my share of fire ant stings...But none compared to the little blackish red ants that attacked me last night!!! These stings are really painful and developed large "blister-like" bumps today...I proabaly have about 15 -20 good ones from legs to hands...We have treated the yard last week but they wont budge!! We are researching for a better treatment believe me ..We have a large yard and its quite sandy in this coastal town...Central-West Florida .The owner tells us they battled them over 5 years with little imporvement...Well we watered the yard last night and the ants did not like us at all!!!! Little Devils are quick!!! I have 2 questions:
1) Do you know of any Home Remedies other than bleach for ant bites? Like baking soda or something household?? I read that you should not mess with the little blisters that pop up days after? They could lead to infection???
2) Why is sit that the dog doesnt seem to be bothered by them as we
Thanks for any help you can offer ......
Response: talcum powder is the best repellant - Kleen Kill Enzymes are the best/safest control. The dog was lucky. Have them read my fire ant section. Steve.
We lived in Palm Harbor, Florida for over ten years and I am familiar with "Fire Ants".
However, we recently moved back to Illinois, Joliet to be exact, and lo and behold Red Ants. Unlike the fire ant it does not mound. It's colony is below ground or in dead wood [RR ties used as edging]. Also unlike the fire ant it doesn't attack and lives quite nicely next to the black ant colony. They are all the same size as the Fire ant. Strangely enough, while excavating I uncovered their nest and when I did I experienced a very strong smell of citronella. At first I thought it was my imagination, but it happened more than
once and each time only with the red ants. I doubt that they are Fire ants because of the hard freeze we experience here, but I
am curious to find out what they are and what causes the smell. Can you help?
I look forward to your reply. Thanks
|What will spraying with fenoxycarb do?
We will be improving the fire ant "chapter" next week - send them a note how to get it on your web site. Fenoxycarb baits may well give you an epidemic of deformed frogs. IGR's are suspected of causing the deformed frogs in the midwest. But you may have already killed all of your frogs in California. - Steve
|3/8/99 - Please identify a strange biting
It sounds like an imported fire ant species. Glenn Gordan has worked with them in Florida. These are very rare and far more solitary ants then the "normal" fire ants that live in mounds. These ants are very elongated and quick at times and hurt like crazy when they sting. Their bite can cause severe tissue damage like a brown recluse spider bite. Try ice packs when bit. Occasionally they come together but usually they alone because they are very mean and aggressive. I would suggest lightly dusting with talcum powder along the edges of the home, including the closets, bathroom and in the clothes hamper. Also, cover the crib legs with talcum powder so they can not climb up. Spray the tree bark outside with diluted Kleen Kill enzymes 4 ounces per quart or lightly dust the trees with talcum powder. Steve