They also have the bad habit of sneaking up your pant leg. No, not just one but a hundred or so. No, they don't bite, at least not yet. After the whole platoon gets in position the master sergeant yells out the order to BITE!! And they all bite at once. I had a friend that wound up in the hospital after a camping trip when he laid out his sleeping bag too close to a hidden ant hill. He had hundreds of bites. Let me correct that, he had hundreds of stings. Yes, they do sting. They hold on to you with their legs and mouth and then jab their stinger into you. Oh what joy. . .
They were accidentally introduced near Mobile, Alabama and since they were from South America, they had no natural enemies and spread like wild fire. They have spread east to North Carolina, north to Tennessee and Arkansas and west to the plains of Texas. The only thing that slows them down is a severe drought. Next time you go through Mobile, you can thank them for the fire ants. Now try to not get