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Old 10-11-2017, 10:07 PM
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Well that sucks lol. Do long socks help at all? Or can they sting through the fabric? Ive been trying to avoid them but there are mounds everywhere.
Limited help. You generally don't notice them on you until they sting, so if you're standing in a bed, they'll swam up and over the sock before you know they're there. But you'll probably get fewer stings.

But socks will keep them from stinging between your toes, which is real misery.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:15 PM
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The first thing that I tell new people to Florida is to not stand outside anywhere without looking down first. It usually takes a time or two of being covered with them and feeling their little stings, which can get worse over time and if you scratch them, before it sinks in. And yeah, avoidance is the only protection and very little can be done to remove the painful welts. They only seem to rage when you stand on their homes. Quickly moving off seems to help as they bail from you if you move away, but one always stays behind to leave you a painful reminder. What part of Fl did you move too?
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:26 PM
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Well that sucks lol. Do long socks help at all? Or can they sting through the fabric? Ive been trying to avoid them but there are mounds everywhere.
Long socks make life worse because the little b@$^$%^$ blend in perfectly and can get down into the sock. Pretty much just watch where you step and set your bag down and you'll be fine. They suck, but they're pretty easy to avoid if you're paying attention
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:27 PM
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Grew up in Miami, lived in Ft Lauderdale, then Boytnon Beach.
Fire ants are one of the many things I don't miss about the Sunshine State. I don't miss those 'lil bastards at all.

You can also add:
- Palmetto bugs
- Hurricanes
- People expecting me to speak Spanish
- Oppressive humidity
- Retirees from NYC that can't drive because NYC has a great subway system, so they haven't driven in decades... but FL has squat for mass transit, so they have to buy a car.

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Old 10-12-2017, 12:12 AM
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Sorry to hijack the thread but, I got stung in the back of the hand by a ground hornet the other day. I found out that I'm pretty allergic. Check out the picture.
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:53 AM
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In Texas we all walk with our head down. Certainly not from being humble in general, but from being humbled by fire ants and all the other critters we have down here. It will soon be a habit.
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:33 AM
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Sorry to hijack the thread but, I got stung in the back of the hand by a ground hornet the other day. I found out that I'm pretty allergic. Check out the picture.

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Old 10-12-2017, 07:59 AM
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What part of Fl did you move too?
Central FL. Slightly north or Orlando.

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Old 10-12-2017, 08:09 AM
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Thanks for the tips everyone. I didn't even realize this was a thing until I got attacked and had a bunch of welts on my ankles. You live and you learn I suppose.... lol
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Old 10-12-2017, 10:57 AM
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Sometimes small mounds are hidden in long grass. The first giveaway that you've stepped on a fire ant mound is the ground under your foot feels spongy or soft. I've gotten to where as soon as my foot starts to sink even slightly I instinctively leap to the side. There's not much of a lag time before they swarm you but you do get about a full second.
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