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(Phys Org2)   Ten things to know about the invasive fire ants currently on the march through the American southeast. 1) Get out of their way. 2) See number one   (phys.org) divider line 119
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2014-08-01 11:26:35 AM  
My father got bit by fire ants a couple years ago. And while I listened compassionately and caringly while he described it being painful, thanks to FARK, secretly I was thinking "FLORIDA TAG".
 
2014-08-01 11:57:12 AM  
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Biatches....
 
2014-08-01 12:16:18 PM  

UberDave: [img.fark.net image 296x400]

Biatches....


I'm generally very anti pesticide but have used some spot treatment when a large mound appears in my yard. Out  on my property I want to try out phorid flies.
 
2014-08-01 12:25:30 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: UberDave: [img.fark.net image 296x400]

Biatches....

I'm generally very anti pesticide but have used some spot treatment when a large mound appears in my yard. Out  on my property I want to try out phorid flies.



That stuff isn't healthy for sure.  I've noticed less mounds in the last couple of years so maybe the flies are working.
 
2014-08-01 01:55:20 PM  
Reintroducing DDT would be justified if it put a dent in Satan's spawn of insects.

When I lived in NOLA these things were a biatch. I figured the only thing about Katrina putting my Parish under water for three weeks was that it would kill these things. No such luck.
 
2014-08-01 02:12:41 PM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: Reintroducing DDT would be justified if it put a dent in Satan's spawn of insects.

When I lived in NOLA these things were a biatch. I figured the only thing about Katrina putting my Parish under water for three weeks was that it would kill these things. No such luck.


Fire ants laugh at water.
 
2014-08-01 02:41:36 PM  
funny my propane torch seems to defeat fire ants with fire.
 
2014-08-01 02:43:03 PM  
There's always this:
http://www.anthillart.com/
 
2014-08-01 02:43:46 PM  

SumJackass07: There's always this:
http://www.anthillart.com/


that works too.
 
2014-08-01 02:45:46 PM  
Cone of Ice...
 
2014-08-01 02:46:13 PM  
Paging Leningen, Leningen to the white courtesy phone please...
 
2014-08-01 02:46:58 PM  
Now SyFy knows its next movie: "Antnado!"

And say they crossbreed with piranhas, so that when they swarm you, you're a skeleton in 60 seconds.

(Ants and fish can too crossbreed! I saw a SyFy documentary about it.)
 
2014-08-01 02:47:17 PM  
I thought the Tawny crazy ants were killing all the fire ants.
 
2014-08-01 02:49:52 PM  
Dealt with these suckers in Florida.  Pesticides unnecessary, just pour 5 gallons of boiling water on the nest.  Kerosene and a match works too.
 
2014-08-01 02:50:22 PM  
Two fire ant researchers moments before they jumped up screaming, peeled their pants off, and began slapping their legs.
cdn.phys.org
 
2014-08-01 02:50:39 PM  
I have gasoline & matches.
 
2014-08-01 02:51:49 PM  
I have about a dozen polka-dot scars on my lower leg from two years ago when fire ants greeted me while I waited to cross a road.

Two years ago today, now that I think about it.
 
2014-08-01 02:52:17 PM  
I got bit by one, one ant. And man alive it hurt.
Must have been revenge for the years of terror I  unleashed on a red ant hill  in our backyard growing up.
 
2014-08-01 02:53:02 PM  
www.sfmuseum.net

Approves.
 
2014-08-01 02:53:06 PM  
Meh.  A Michigan winter will kill all those suckers without breaking a sweat.

/And a few humans as well.
//Especially last winter.
///Burrrrrrr.
 
2014-08-01 02:53:52 PM  
Having just treated a number of ant mounds this morning... I'm getting a kick.

"Burns like the mother of all farkers" doesn't do justice to a few stings on your lower leg.
 
2014-08-01 02:55:06 PM  
Crossing the border from South America, they're on the march northward.

Goddamnit, Obama!
 
2014-08-01 02:55:18 PM  

SumJackass07: There's always this:
http://www.anthillart.com/


That also works as a vivid demonstration of why fire ant colonies are so much worse than other varieties.
 
2014-08-01 02:56:00 PM  
Fire ants in the south are nothing new at all
 
2014-08-01 02:56:07 PM  
I got this, y'all...

www.corsame.com
 
2014-08-01 02:58:43 PM  
They die in the cold.
upload.wikimedia.org

Another way climate change can fark us.
 
2014-08-01 02:59:14 PM  
We Die...

Ants Strong...

Ants Kill Everyone...


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-08-01 02:59:23 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: I got this, y'all...

[www.corsame.com image 850x637]


Try an 8.5x11 Fresnel lens for even better explody fire ant fun!
 
2014-08-01 03:00:21 PM  
Great, now we have fire ants illegally immigrating from South America.
 
2014-08-01 03:01:06 PM  
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2014-08-01 03:02:43 PM  
Most overrated killer insect on the books (although nearly all "killer" animals are overrated except for humans). Don't sit down on the prominent, obvious mound. Problem solved.

Fire ants also eat boll weevils, so they're not universally unpopular in the South. And they've been here forever.
 
2014-08-01 03:03:21 PM  
Fire ants aren't all that bad.  Their mounds are fairly obvious and fun to step on and watch the frantic panic. Cow and bullet ants on the other hand should be avoided at all costs.
 
2014-08-01 03:03:46 PM  
5 bites from them bastages sent me to the er earlier this year.

funny thing is, I have been bitten many times previous to that event...
 
2014-08-01 03:03:56 PM  

give me doughnuts: They die in the cold.
[upload.wikimedia.org image 800x552]

Another way climate change can fark us.


Yeah, because that red area is a vast wasteland of death. It's basically Cormac McCarthy's The Road, only with Stuckey's.
 
2014-08-01 03:04:00 PM  
Try some antacid.
 
2014-08-01 03:06:07 PM  

A Fark Handle: SumJackass07: There's always this:
http://www.anthillart.com/

that works too.


Came in here for the molten aluminum immolation. Leaving satisfied...
 
2014-08-01 03:06:56 PM  

michiganteddybear: 5 bites from them bastages sent me to the er earlier this year.

funny thing is, I have been bitten many times previous to that event...


I must have some weird body chemistry. I've been bitten dozens of times by those little farks. Feels about as bad as a sweat bee sting. Barely leaves a welt. They must hurt more for other people.
 
2014-08-01 03:08:20 PM  

SumJackass07: There's always this:
http://www.anthillart.com/


That was really cool stuff.
 
2014-08-01 03:09:13 PM  
Instant grits can work. The trick is to kill the queen.

As a kid, my friends and I would shove M-80s into the mound and blow them up. We weren't too bright at times.
 
2014-08-01 03:09:26 PM  
I got zapped by 23 of the little farkers during a PT test at Fort Gordon. It felt like a lot more, but that's how many big bumps the doc said I had on my back.
A few other guys got stung, too. We were doing sit-ups on or near a couple of nests.

I was puking for hours.
 
2014-08-01 03:10:41 PM  

give me doughnuts: They die in the cold.


Another way climate change can fark us.


Just like the Confederates, they simply aren't as effective once they cross the Mason-Dixon line.
 
2014-08-01 03:12:15 PM  
Curses...ants...can I wear this cool hat and scarf while we battle them?

Si Senor'

www.ciakhollywood.com
 
2014-08-01 03:12:35 PM  
Only one thing can stop them!
www.juliezickefoose.com

That's right, the blurry guy behind the anteater.
 
2014-08-01 03:14:41 PM  

KingKauff: Instant grits can work. The trick is to kill the queen.


i.ytimg.com
 
2014-08-01 03:14:50 PM  
It must be global warming. When will we stop killing everything with pollution

Huck And Molly Ziegler: Now SyFy knows its next movie: "Antnado!"

And say they crossbreed with piranhas, so that when they swarm you, you're a skeleton in 60 seconds.

(Ants and fish can too crossbreed! I saw a SyFy documentary about it.)


Awesome idea. The ants cling together in a giant swarm that gets sucked up into the air and once they cover you they dig in!
 
2014-08-01 03:15:51 PM  

you are a puppet: KingKauff: Instant grits can work. The trick is to kill the queen.

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The one the drones feed the grits to, then it swells up and explodes her.
 
2014-08-01 03:16:39 PM  
No Fallout screen shots?
 
2014-08-01 03:17:22 PM  
I've got this.

www.colorcloudfireworks.com
 
2014-08-01 03:20:33 PM  
lumiere.ens.fr
 
2014-08-01 03:23:27 PM  
Growing up with fire ants in South Texas, you get used to them. Notice how later on, in the pastures, you see cows graze around the mounds.
Don't use Amdro, it's poison bound to corn meal, and the meal goes sour if not used right away. The Spectracide works well, but the Orthene is the best. They get it on the hairs of their bodies, track it right in.
We don't have fire ants in NM.
 
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