Fire ant bites

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© Ann Reece
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UploadedAugust 7, 2009
TakenJuly 30, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D70s
Exposure1/6 sec at f/5.6
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Focal Length200 mm
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For Karen Photo Fiddler, the one on your toe looks like the one on my toe. Those ants have lethal bites don't they?!! For those who say "wear shoes" I did have shoes on and they crawled inside the shoe, some went up my leg and bit further up and I got two bites on a finger just trying to brush them off : (. For those of you not familiar with fire ants, they can crawl on you and you do not feel them, they get a lot of them and a signal must go off and they all begin biting at once.

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  • david ong

    david ong gave props (6 Aug 2009):

    this is very serious Ann, hope you are not allergy.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (6 Aug 2009):

    Oh my gosh! Your foot looks like it is infected...Ouch! That must really hurt! What do you do to take away the pain?

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   said (6 Aug 2009):

    Thanks for the concern David - so far in the 43 years that we have lived in this area I have received quite a few fire ant bites and fortunately I am not allergic to them. However, they sting and they burn for several days and they can leave scars.

    Andrea, usually the bites do get infected. The fire ants bite does that to us. I found that Aloe Vera gel is very soothing and takes away the pain. My bites are healing nicely now. I got them on both feet and some up my legs and a couple on a finger when trying to brush them off of my feet. The best thing to do to get them off of you is turn the garden hose on them or jump in the pool.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (7 Aug 2009):

    Now i know why you looked so gleeful with your fireant killer, OUCH..

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (7 Aug 2009):

    Those are some very nasty bites Ann. I find that rubbing alcohol helps me when I am bitten. They will get infected and move into your glands if you are not careful.

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (7 Aug 2009):

    Oooo Ann yours are so wicked looking! I had shoes on too when I got mine. My sister just now told me to put tobacco juice or meat tenderizer on them. Mine did get infected by the time I dorve from S.C. to Mo. It helped it heal after I popped the blister and drained out the poison..I soaked in warm salt water and used peroxide and alcohol and antibiotic ceam. Take care! Keep up with the poison powder!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (7 Aug 2009):

    OUCH!! Poor you, Ann! Glad your bites are healing!!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (7 Aug 2009):

    I feel your pain, Ann. The only thing I have found to chase them away has been Amdro..and even with that they sometimes just move from one side of the yard to the other. Those awful bites can get infected, as I am sure you know. I feel so bad for you.

  • Donna Whitecotton

    Donna Whitecotton gave props (7 Aug 2009):

    Oh Ann...that looks so painful.....glad they are healing...just be careful to take good care of them....

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  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (11 Aug 2009):

    I think I'm going to stay away from fire ants!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (12 Aug 2009):

    OUCH!! they are nasty little things..... just found a fire ant mound in the yard yesterday.... David hit it with the mower.... luckly no one was biten ... take care!!

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart said (12 Aug 2009):

    i sure do hate those things -- nothing i have ever experienced is more painful than a fire ant bite

  • Erich Mangl

    Erich Mangl said (1 Sep 2009):

    forgive me that i laugh, but i like the story to this photo so much :-))

  • Laurie Self

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