Fire Ant Bites

  1. I was bitten by fire ants on my foot (again). Didn't realize it until that night when I woke up and my foot was itching, and still didn't click until the next morning when I saw the bite.
    What can I do to make it stop??? It's about to drive me insane!
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Katnip
    Benadryl?
  4. by   DusktilDawn
    Cool compresses and oral antihistamines are recommended for mild reactions. Corticosteroids can be used topically or intralesionally for anti-inflammatory effect. The cool compresses may help with the itching. There's also Caladryl lotion that may help with the itching. Aveeno soaks may also help.
    Last edit by DusktilDawn on Oct 7, '05
  5. by   leslie :-D
    never heard of fire ants but i'd kill the suckers. there must be a spray out there, unless you were camping and these creatures live outside. if you can't kill 'em, corticosteroid cream on the lesions would be your best bet.

    leslie
  6. by   DusktilDawn
    Earle58 they are a real problem in southern states, and very hard to get rid of:
    After viewing a TV movie a few years back about a fire ant invasion in Alaska (not a true story), I did some research to see how plausible the scenario was, and came across some interesting facts about these critters. Glad I don't have to deal with them where I live.
  7. by   DusktilDawn
    Earle58 they are a real problem in southern states, and very hard to get rid of: http://ipmworld.umn.edu/chapters/lockley.htm
    After viewing a TV movie a few years back about a fire ant invasion in Alaska (not a true story), I did some research to see how plausible the scenario was, and came across some interesting facts about these critters. Glad I don't have to deal with them where I live.
  8. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from DusktilDawn
    Earle58 they are a real problem in southern states, and very hard to get rid of: http://ipmworld.umn.edu/chapters/lockley.htm
    After viewing a TV movie a few years back about a fire ant invasion in Alaska (not a true story), I did some research to see how plausible the scenario was, and came across some interesting facts about these critters. Glad I don't have to deal with them where I live.
    thank you dusky....that link was most informative and gave me so much insight into the plight of the fire ant. now if someone could think of an effective way to kill all of those queens. 1600 eggs/day x 7 yrs????? unbelievable.

    leslie
  9. by   DusktilDawn
    Quote from earle58
    thank you dusky....that link was most informative and gave me so much insight into the plight of the fire ant. now if someone could think of an effective way to kill all of those queens. 1600 eggs/day x 7 yrs????? unbelievable.

    leslie
    Amen to that. The fact that they continue to migrate concerns me. I hope a solution is found.
  10. by   smk1
    ok this is not an official recommendation or anything, but when i was a disneyworld last year i got bit by a fire ant in the middle of the park and the only thing anyone had was vicks vapor rub on them. i put it on and it worked! Now bear in mind i only had 2 bites in the same area, but in a bind this worked great.
  11. by   STRESSED SPN
    Got to admit here in Lousiana we usually just put some tooth paste on them
  12. by   Aneroo
    Thanks guys.
    I would kill them! I didn't even know I was bit until the morning after. I knew my foot itched, but it was the middle of the night, and didn't see the bite til the next morning.

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