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(Some Guy)   Evil fire ants are infesting Australia   (news.independent.co.uk) divider line 58
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2001-10-20 12:16:16 PM  
Thats more like scary to me.
 
2001-10-20 12:17:21 PM  
Fark!

These things suck! We have them all over down here in Texas... Not sure if they are the same species, but they sound the same.

The bite stings like a b!tch and then it gets infected and looks like a large pimple and takes almost a week to heal... they totally suck.
[image from chew.ch too old to be available]
 
2001-10-20 12:22:17 PM  
Those things are hellspawn. File them under "Reasons Why I Still Live In The Northeast."
 
2001-10-20 12:26:50 PM  
Gah I was wondering where my ants from the farm ran to.
 
2001-10-20 12:36:49 PM  
I got bit by a few of those little bastards when I was canoeing in the Everglades of Florida some years back. It's like being burned repeatedly by lit cigarettes. The southern most parts of Australia, just as the northern most parts of the US are, may be protected by climate (haven't seen any north of Virginia as far as I know), but most of Australia is definately at risk of infestation.
 
2001-10-20 12:39:49 PM  
They hop and have pouches too!
 
2001-10-20 12:41:59 PM  
not just fire ants, but evil ones.

Lousy Masons.
 
2001-10-20 12:46:17 PM  
Damn you New Zealand! If you hadn't dismantled your air combat units, this would have never happened! Damn you New Zealand, Damn you straight to HELL!
 
2001-10-20 12:52:32 PM  
But an ant is a rat is a dog is a boy. Don't they have the right to live in Australia?
 
2001-10-20 01:19:25 PM  
"But an ant is a rat is a dog is a boy. Don't they have the right to live in Australia?"

You've never been stung by one of these things, have you?
No, they don't have the right to live ANYWHERE.
 
2001-10-20 01:19:46 PM  
Maybe Australians can have a contest for the largest mound, like these guys
 
2001-10-20 01:34:28 PM  
Why is this an epidemic in Australia and not in the southern US? Seems there they area a tolerated nuisance
 
2001-10-20 02:09:57 PM  
ants are the humans of the insect world.
 
2001-10-20 02:13:26 PM  
I was at Myrtle Beach a couple years ago and locked myself out of the condo, luckily on the first floor, just had to jump over the balcony banister. While I stepped up to the balcony, wearing sandals, I stepped in a fire ant nest. All of sudden my feet started to feel like I'd stepped in hot coals. After getting these bastages off me, I ran inside but apparently some had gotten into my sandal cause then they were now in the house and would still find me and sting and bite me some more. Made me deathly ill, HATE THESE THINGS.
 
2001-10-20 02:15:28 PM  
more boobies?
 
2001-10-20 02:31:38 PM  
I am now further in the future than Friar-fark
 
2001-10-20 02:36:08 PM  
I live in Florida. We have fire ants, sharks, alligators, coral snakes, rattlesnakes, panthers, and rednecks. Fire ants are the only ones I'm afraid of.
 
2001-10-20 02:38:43 PM  
As a vocal representative of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Ants) I feel I need to remind you all that we must live in harmony with nature and not against it. If our wonderful fire ants feel the need to colonize your home, then that is their right. If they wish to bite and sting you and consume your children, then that is their right. And if you harm our beautiful ants, I will show up at your picknick and throw a jar of fire ants on you, and maybe some army ants for good measure. Now excuse me while I go worship the Ant Lord from Outer Space.
 
2001-10-20 02:39:34 PM  
That was a really strange post. But anyway, this was looking like it was going to be another one of those "one-sided" threads, and I hate to see that.
 
2001-10-20 02:41:02 PM  
"And we won't be wearing thongs anymore"

Lol.
 
2001-10-20 02:46:06 PM  
Sorry to offend you, Pretnar. My apology is posted here
 
2001-10-20 02:49:16 PM  
I liked is Fooshnik! Thought it was pretty humorous...
[image from chew.ch too old to be available]
I am still awaiting the day when PETI is founded.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Insects
 
2001-10-20 02:49:20 PM  
new source of food?
 
2001-10-20 02:51:03 PM  
Please Ants, don't come to VA...
 
2001-10-20 02:57:53 PM  
Actually, PETA was very outspoken against a series of funny pesticide radio ads here in Fla. that encouraged agonizing and painful death to all fire ants. I wish I could find a downloadable copy of those ads -- they were both funny and politically incorrect.
 
2001-10-20 03:00:41 PM  
Fell in a mound of these things when I was a tyke- could hardly walk the next day. Still have fond memories of soaking ant mounds with kerosene and cooking them (they pop, you know.)
 
2001-10-20 03:13:42 PM  
Since we're sharing fire ant stories....


When I was a young demi-god, I was riding my Big Wheel around the street, and generally having a blast. Well, I kicked it in reverse to pull a backwards 3 point-turn, but I went to far back and hit the curb. I kinda fell backwards onto the grass, and started laughing. I was in the middle of telling myself that I'll never win the Le Mans driving like that, but I was rudely interrupted by an acute itch on the back of my neck. I scratched it, and then noticed that the itch turned into a tingle that quickly spread all over my neck, shoulders, and back. I also noticed that my hand was now partially covered in some sort of reddish substance that seemed to be moving.

Of course, I screamed my fool head off and ran into the house. Smart move. Now my mom and dad are trying to get me into the tub whilst avoiding the ants that are dropping off of me like holy warrior paratroopers flying into the promised land of virgins and beer. Eventually, they tossed me into the shower and rinsed all the buggers off. Funny thing is, the folks got bit more than I did. Alanis Morrisette could not be reached for comment.
 
2001-10-20 03:19:06 PM  
Seems to me that the Australians are slightly paranoid. We have these things all over Texas, and we still wear sandals!

Good lord, do those bites hurt, though! Those little bastards actually have a special chemical signal that they communicate in hordes to cover their victim and sting all at once. CREEPY
 
2001-10-20 03:27:16 PM  
Your planet is doomed...DOOMED!!!

-Kang
 
2001-10-20 03:29:56 PM  
Yeah, Eepah, that is one of the things I've always admired/feared about fire ant. (Fahr ants for us Texans.)

They also have a distress chemical. It signals that a worker is in danger when they're attacked near the colony. Rememember that when you're burning them with a magnifying glass.
 
2001-10-20 04:08:47 PM  
Evil Fire Ants?

Is it too much to ask for a couple of man-eating sharks with lasers on their foreheads?

well, are they ill-tempered evil fire ants?
 
2001-10-20 04:34:20 PM  
"Actually, PETA was very outspoken against a series of funny pesticide radio ads here in Fla. that encouraged agonizing and painful death to all fire ants. I wish I could find a downloadable copy of those ads -- they were both funny and politically incorrect." You mean PETA got those Ortho Ortheen adds taken off the air? Just another reason for me to dislike them. I loved those adds, my son and I would LOL at the adds. PETA sucks. More Later!
 
2001-10-20 04:36:24 PM  
Da5id: PETI exists already as a loose organization of about 5 nutbags with a fax machine. I've found two websites of members. Despite the satirical sound, I've found other web results describing lawsuits filed by PETI against people such as auto manufacturers(Lexis). Now that's sad.

PETI
This page is down right now, so here's the google cache
 
2001-10-20 04:44:25 PM  
Hey a good tip for killing them little sh*t bags. Is to use
warm water and orange oil or go to a organic nursery and ask for Nematodes. These are better than the traditional
pesticides if you have children or animals in the yard.
 
2001-10-20 05:39:33 PM  
Link Hylia: After crafty detective work, I have determined that site is a joke.

What kind of acronym is "People Aspiring Toward Happiness and Ethical Treatment of our Insect Cousins"?
 
2001-10-20 05:53:49 PM  
An EVIL fire ant?


[image from squinthia.homestead.com too old to be available]
 
2001-10-20 06:12:31 PM  
Test Question # 36:

Evil Fire Ants infest Osama's:

(a) brain
(b) sisters
(c) rectum
(d) nutsack
(e) all of the above
 
2001-10-20 06:39:07 PM  
Squinth: Kill them with LASERS.
 
2001-10-20 06:39:58 PM  
"Omnivorous, known to eat meats, greasy and sweet materials. "

Heh, no wonder these things are found in the South. I remember when I lived in Sugar Land, TX (a suburb outside of Houston) and these little bastards chewed me up all the time. The worst was right before a swim meet, when I was goofing around with my friends and I didn't see the Metroplex-equivalent of an antpile in front of me. Stepped right in it. Only took 5 seconds for me to jump in the pool and wash the farkers off...oh the pain, the agony!!
 
2001-10-20 06:51:33 PM  
Since everyone seems to be into flags these days, why not put up a Fire Ant Flag ?
[image from fireant.tamu.edu too old to be available]
 
2001-10-20 07:24:54 PM  
B0rg9: damn, there really IS a product for every dumbass...
 
2001-10-20 07:43:03 PM  
I'm Canadian living in Australia, and you won't believe how many things can kill you here. Here is a list of animals that are deadly to man in Australia. Sharks, Croc's, Snakes, Spiders, ants, jellyfish, Crocodile Dundee 3, Kangaroos(deadly if you hit one on the road, they advise you not to drive at night!) There is also some type of toxic seaweed that they have named "fireweed", apparently you don't want this stuff to brush against you. And the worst aspect of living in Australia is that BigBrother has an Australian version, which is super popular! AHHHHHHHHH!
 
2001-10-20 07:57:03 PM  
Fire Ants are pure evil wherever they are. I am allergic to them and the last time I got 2 count them 2 bites I ended up in the emergency room with a foot swollen to the size of a football. I had to get a steroid shot and a shot of perscription strength Benedryl.

The best way to deter the ants (notice I did not say eliminate) is to fill a lawn spreader (the kind you use for reseeding a lawn) with Andro and spread the stuff all over your entire yard once a month.

I hate those things.
 
2001-10-20 08:14:50 PM  
Jeeze.
I got bitten by about 10 of these things at once when I put my hand back to support myself on the grass (kinda lying there with your hands back). Pinky, Ring, and Middle finger were pretty swollen for a couple of days.
If you've ever been stung by a bullet ant the pain from these seems like nothing.
Why have I been stung by a bullet ant?
Somebody said that it feels like a gunshot wound and I volunteered to test it.
It was kinda like an insect exhibit thing at a makeshift zoo.
 
2001-10-20 09:13:22 PM  
Actually, the bug that worries me the most here in Fla. is the "velvet ant", or "cow killer" ant. It's really a wingless wasp. Supposedly, these can kill a dog (but probably not a cow). I heard they have recently come over from Cuba. I've seen them, before I knew what they were.
Here's a Pic
and

Here's some Info.

...scary stuff
 
2001-10-20 09:17:51 PM  
There was a woman in a nursing home that had a run-in with fire ants. She was in her wheel chair...poor woman didn't stand a chance.
 
2001-10-20 09:52:34 PM  
Kewl...anyone want to send me a mason jar full of these ants, I could put 'em to good use...
 
2001-10-20 10:07:21 PM  
My pesticide of choice has to be Maxforce. My dad owns a pest control company back home, and we had this stuff all over. Coarse red powder, about the consistency of dry laundry detergent. It's great, the ants think they're getting a feast for the whole colony...they walk up to a chunk, take a little taste, and decide to carry it back to the queen. I'd say 70% don't even make it back to the hole. The ones that do, well, they're just feeding the queen poison. How delightful.
 
2001-10-20 10:21:46 PM  
Eepah Jones, I think you'll find that the reason why Aussies are so panicked about this is not because we are wimps, but because of the environmental impact.

Keep in mind Australia has no common borders with any other country. We have managed to keep many deadly diseases out of the country thanks to strict customs controls (rabies is one which quickly springs to mind). We have very unique plants and animals which we would like to preserve for future generations, and so anything which could possibly be a threat has war declared on it.

Another reason why we are so strict with the influx of boat people lately; who knows what diseases and pests they are bringing over with them? While they might not affect human Aussies, who's to say what would happen to our animals?

Rockclassic, my mum and dad have this great book called "Dangerous Australians". After reading that, you will want to flee the country! Its amazing more people haven't died from animal venom than actually have.
 
2001-10-20 11:00:20 PM  
Dues: Thanks, that's pretty helpful. Gonna try that.

I read a few months ago that researchers (I think at UCR but I'm not sure) have found a little fly that implants its larvea only in fire ants; the larvea eats the ant's head from the inside out. No other side affects to the environment have been found yet; the little flies just die off when they run out of ants. So, it should be just a matter of time. Until then, the kerosene idea really sounds like fun. Or, when they get inside, I like to use a small shopvac, and then take the vac outside and nuke'em with raid. And, now, Deus' suggestion, for when I'm done playin' with 'em.

(btw UCR = University of California, Riverside. Big Entomology department there.)
 
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