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Fire ants!!?

I got bit by a whole bunch of fire ants the other day and I put some anti-itch medicine on but it doesn’t seem to be working so well because it’s been itching constantly. I’ve also popped it 🙁 because it was really annoying and itchy but it seems to be itching even more around the area now. Does anybody know of any thing else I could use to stop the itching right away?
Well once the ant bites you dont feel it till it starts itching its almost like a mosquito where for a mosquito it bites u but u never see the bug and next thing u know u have a huge bump that ictches like crazy. Well thx for the suggestions to cure my itching problems.

Will Amdro kill carpenter ants?

We were our of our house for several months due to damage from a tornado. When we got back, we noticed that we had what we think were carpenter ants. I admit that my knowledge of fauna is limited to really small animals, small animals, bigger animals, and even bigger animals. All that said, we believe that we had carpenter ants, and we saw them, mostly in the morning in the kitchen, but to some extent at all times of the day.

We also, at the same time, had an influx of fire ants, and used Amdro all through the yard to kill them. At about the same time, we noticed that the carpenter ants had also disappeared.

My question is whether the Amdro likely killed the carpenter ants also, or have they just gone dormant because we are in the winter months. We live in the South, so the nights are still around 40-60 degrees, and the days range from 70-90 degrees. In other words, do we still need an exterminator, or is the problem solved. We no longer see ants in the house.
Can you explain why the ants went from 10 or so each morning found in and around the kitchen to one or so a week, if even that?

Does it mean that they are dormant for winter—our mean temp is still well above 60—or what?

Playing With Fire (Ants) – Drip floatation and other research techniques

Video montage of my lab work on fire ants (Solenopsis invicta). “Ant Music” by Hyper. Read more about this here: 6legs2many.wordpress.com Ants mounds are dug up in the field and stored in buckets lined with baby powder. The fire ants are separated from the dirt via drip floatation: water is dripped slowly into the tub, and the ants rescue brood and queens and form a floating ‘raft’ of living ants. This is strained off, and moved to a plaster lined tub. I then sort the ants into standardized colonies and run my experiments. Currently, I am studying variation in foraging behavior.