|Barked: Thu Feb 23, '12 10:16am PST |
We have domestic Red Fire Ants here (Not the imported kind from Texas which are much nastier).
But an FYI, they are attracted to grease and meat. Don't leave any food out, and if you leave your bowl on the ground, make a moat of dawn dish washing liquid with some water around it. Ants can't swim.
As for the relief, we've used caladryl with some success. Hosing off with water only makes them MADDER.
Momma was standing in a swarm and jumped in a pool, thinking that would make them come off. Nope! They just bit harder! And they leave really ugly pustule wounds.
If you leave your shoes outside, you can put them on a cookie sheet of water mixed with dishwashing liquid so you don't end up with them in your boots the next morning. Not fun to wake up with that!
Anyway, we hate 'em. But... sometimes you just have to live with them.
Learn to recognize the hills. They are messy.
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