Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Ants in the Pants

I have always liked that James Brown song, but until this morning I had never lived it. This morning, seconds after pulling on my underwear -- the stinging started. Talk about getting hit below the belt -- have you ever had ants in your underpants?

I'm not sure where they came from -- tiny little ants with a mighty bite -- almost the same color as my burgundy-colored underwear.

Ants seem to be everywhere in the tropics -- marching up the wall, mobilizing under the kitchen table -- heading for that big bunch of red bananas.

Everything into the refrigerator!

3 comments:

Voice of East Timor said...

Sounds like you have had an encounter with the very ferocious fire ant. When the stinging stops, the itching will start. It usually lasts for up to 2 weeks and you may need to treat it as the scratched bites easily become infected. These ants are EVERYWHERE in East Timor - in homes, in the suburbs, the streets and I have even seen the little blighters on the beach! In Australia, the government is so attentive to these little insects that there is a dedicated government agency that you ring up when you discover a nest and they come and destroy it. They are an environmental disaster. I thought they originated in South America and may have been introduced to ET by the Portuguese bringing them from Brazil and other colonies in the latin Americas on their ships. I started my own eradication program when I worked at TAF in Dili and I would send the guards around the yard to seek and destroy - with diesel. You might try this when you find their nest.

Radio Nomad said...

Thanks for the heads up. It does indeed sound like I had an encounter with fire ants. Will try to trace back to the nest,

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