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Old 10-12-2017, 12:03 PM
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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
On the bright side, you wont be dealing with much snow.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:05 PM
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Several times...I'm like..what's that tingly sensation... I look down and my ankle is 100% covered with ants, can't see skin at all. Crazy... takes forever to heal. Hate the frickin things.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:07 PM
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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.
It's usually the new nests that get me---the ones that are small and still flush with the ground, before they get built up into something noticeable.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:17 PM
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I learned the hard way to always use a stool, even for quick rounds. Also, you can shake some diatomaceous earth around the tops of your shoes and into the socks. That will hopefully at least contain them to your feet and it is totally safe for people and pets.

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Old 10-12-2017, 12:51 PM
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On the bright side, you wont be dealing with much snow.
This is true. I did play year round in IL however it wasn't pleasant. This will most definitely be nice to throw in shorts and a tee in December.
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Old 10-12-2017, 01:44 PM
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Bro D recently encountered with them whilst spectating at the USDGC:
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Observations from the last day of USDGC:

... discovered that I was standing directly on top of a fire ant mound and went into panicky flicking them off mode, as discreetly as I could. I had to take my shoes and socks off so if you see a goofy guy in a red hat and bare feet on the side of the fairway during the lead card's final round, that was me.

Followed the next 2 holes barefoot, that got some looks.
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Old 10-12-2017, 01:48 PM
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Bro D recently encountered with them whilst spectating at the USDGC:
I blame Jussi for them.

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Old 10-12-2017, 02:25 PM
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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
Reminds me of the guy in basic training from NJ who had no idea about fire ants until his shoulders and neck got attacked while we were doing sit-ups for PT at 6:30 AM.
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Old 10-12-2017, 02:51 PM
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On the course, you can only watch. At home, use bait. Poison works, but the bait is literally 100%. I live in Houston. Andro. Gasoline and match works pretty well, but only if your wife doesn't see and they ain't near the house.

Here's a really interesting observation. Ten years ago, the number of fire ant piles in my yard was always greater than ten at any given time. Today, it is virtually zero. I see almost none on the course. Not zero, just way fewer. I don't think it is eradication. It could be global warming, or at least the hoax about global warming, or some other factor, but the change in piles is real. I've also seen a shift in weed types in my garden over the past ten years with different species coming and going.
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:00 PM
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I'm obsessed with knocking the top off of fire ant mounds while visiting the south. It's just unbelievable to see thousands of them poor out and move so erratically. I always think about how bad it would be if your foot was there.

I remember watching a TV story about a deer hunter who fell out of his stand and landed on a mound. If I recall correctly he was barely saved in time (Broke something and could not move)

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