Saturday, January 30, 2010

Got Ants?

Here's a short video showing a large fire ant mound. They can have a large surface area and be even larger underground, sometimes being as much as 30 or 40 feet underground. The larger ones are usually a combination of several colonies and can have as many as three of four queens. This makes large colonies extremely difficult to eliminate.

Got ants?

Staying above the water line!



Mayberry said...

Fortunately, fire ants don't seem to like my sand box of a yard. Not that there's any shortage of other types of ants...

idahobob said...

Ya know, fire ants are a critter that y'all can keep down there in Texas!! LOL!

One of my cousins lives north of Houston, and is in a constant state of warfare with the damned things.

Once, while visiting, my ankle got ringed real well by 'em. Don't EVER want to experience that again!


Ken said... aint 'somebody' until you've been covered up by fireants...

riverwalker said...

To: Mayberry

I've got all kinds...more than I need anyway!

Thanks Mayberry!


riverwalker said...

To: idahobob

You can wind up with a bunch of small bites in no time and they do sting like fire!

Thanks idahobob.


riverwalker said...

To: Ken

Trying to get them all off is really hard, especially if you were standing in the wrong place for a while. Once you feel them start to bite it's probably too late and you'll end up with a couple of dozen bites as a result.

Thanks Ken!


Wretha said...

Thank God I don't have to deal with those things, I spend the better part of my life, at least my adult life in the DFW (TX) area, yup they were prolific, hated getting bitten by them, I remember once as a kid standing on top of an ant nest, it was those large red ants, they filled my shoes then started biting, I was able to kick off my shoes and get the ants off, if that had been fire ants, it probably would have resulted in an emergency room visit. Now where I live, the fire ants aren't here and aren't likely to come, they don't like desert. :)

I fully blame the fire ants for the disappearance of the horned toads, as a kid these were prolific, within a short time after the fire ants moving in, they displaced the large ants, the main food of the horned toad, and they disappeared.

I was very happy to see horned toads living and thriving in the mountains of west Texas, along with their big ant food source.


riverwalker said...

To: Wretha

There are no more horny toads in my area but were present when I was younger. Still have a few Texas horned lizards around though.

Thanks Wretha!


Anonymous said...

Ants seem to like grits. We always put a ring of grits around the nest, but not too close and not too thick. You see, snts can't fart, and well, it's like throwing alca-seltzer to a sea gull. They rupture and die...Uh, not that I've ever done that to air rats!
The Grill Sgt.

riverwalker said...

To: Grill Sgt.

Air rats? That's a new one on me!

Ants = Grits

Air Rats = Alka-Seltzer

Well said, Grill Sgt. Thanks.


Mayberry said...

Air rats, sky roaches, rats with wings.... The seagull is one of the most disgusting critters there is. We should be able to shoot them at will, but some damn fools have seen fit to protect those vermin....

riverwalker said...

To: Mayberry

They might be a good source of emergency protein...LOL I know you got a bunch in your area so at least you won't get too hungry! Ha!Ha!

Of course there's always your friends the tree rats...



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