Fire Ant bites!

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© Ann Reece
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I know, this isn't a pretty photo!!! Fire Ants are aggressive, vicious little ants. They get on you without you knowing it then they begin to bite and you feel like the bites are on fire. I try to avoid them but like the photo above shows, I don't always succeed.

Wikipedia's description of fire ants is:

Fire ants are aggressive stinging ants found most commonly in the southern United States. Almost everyone experiences some sort of reaction to a fire ant sting, the most common of which is a sterile pustule at the site of the sting. A large percentage of people experience a large amount of swelling, redness and itching around the site of the sting (these are called large local reactions). About 1% of people can experience severe allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis, as a result of a fire ant sting.

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  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (25 Jun 2012):

    Ouch! That does look painful even in between the toes and it would be hard to wear shoes over those sores...Bites are awful...Fire ants would give me a phobia big time...Perfect entry for the challenge. .

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (26 Jun 2012):

    Hope they get better soon it must be very annoying

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (26 Jun 2012):

    oh my God !!! I do not know those ants, here in Italy I believe that they exist. but they are terrible.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (26 Jun 2012):

    Wow, I have never heard of them, I guess they are red ants?

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (27 Jun 2012):

    YIKES!! Glad I don't like in the tropical South!!!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (27 Jun 2012):

    Yipes! Sorry!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (27 Jun 2012):

    Yikes!!! That looks incredibly painful.....no wonder thats a phobia of yours!! Good entry!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (29 Jun 2012):

    Ouch!!!!!!!!!!! I hate them! Great entry Ann.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (30 Jun 2012):

    I'm hurting just looking at this. Experienced their bite on more than one occasion. Not fun. Great entry.

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond   gave props (29 Jul 2012):

    Did it get worse? I know how easily infected fire ant bites get. I hope you're well. R

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