Friday, August 23, 2013

Little Fire Ants Attack

Here's a real nasty group of words ..... Little Fire Ants !!!  Thankfully they're not on my homestead. They would make farming really miserable. After this experience, I will be very diligent to keep them off the farm, you betcha.

So I just had my first, and hopefully last, run in with a very nasty little ant that likes to live in vegetation. I can assure you that they are aptly named. I'm quite impressed just how painful the bite can be from such a tiny ant. I don't know exactly how many ants were on me because as soon as I felt the fire I violently shook my hand and brushed them off. 6? 8? 10?  But they surely did a number on me. Luckily I was able to get ice on my stings immediately which helped reduce the pain. It's a good thing I did because in spite of the ice, the hand swelled. 

This photo was taken 3 days later when the area had developed lots of blistering and redness, but most of the swelling had gone down. It looks nasty but it really doesn't bother me much. Just a little itchy and sore. Guess I'm just too busy to notice. Not infected. Just a reaction to so many stings.


  1. AUWE! Such pilikia, those nasty buggahs! Maybe spray the area with a solution of dish soap and water? I have not run into those nasties, but There should be a bait they could eat and feed their queen, too. Get well soon!

  2. far we don't have them here and hope we don't get them. I'm careful when exchanging or buying plants to check before I bring them home.

    Glad it's not bothering you but sure looks nasty!