Floating flotillas of fire ants add to Harvey woes

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As if the poor people of Houston didn’t have enough to suffer, here come the fire ants.

During and after a flood, fire ants can pose a major threat to local communities as they form vast rafts in an attempt to survive. Personally, I’d be tempted to fight fire with fire and torch the brutes, but I’m sure there’s a law or ten against it, and who knows what else is in the water that might ignite.

While their bites are painful to everyone, only a small percentage of people are allergic. Much like a bee sting, a fire ant sting can be serious, even lethal. Severe allergic reactions include excessive swelling, itching or redness at the site of the sting, shortness of breath, thickening of the tongue, or profuse sweating. Seek professional medical attention immediately!

Yes, floating balls of fire ants are a real thing. They are little flotillas of pain. Avoid at all costs. https://t.co/IwxIxFJ0Sf pic.twitter.com/JP31h5pzpT