Watch Your Step, More Red Imported Fire Ants Are Emerging From Their Nests Around South Carolina
Oh boy. Springtime has its moments of splendor (like the return of hummingbirds and butterflies), but there’s one creature we could definitely do without in the Palmetto State: the red imported fire ant. And the worst part is this mighty little venomous critter can be anywhere. Now that warmer temperatures have arrived, watch you step, South Carolina, because the red imported fire ant is already gunning for you.
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The red imported fire ant mostly likely arrived in the US from Argentina via a cargo ship that arrived in Mobile, Alabama, in the 1930s or 1940s. It has since spread to at least 13 states and northern Mexico.
What should you do if you get stung by a fire ant? Ice the area for 15 minutes at a time. Elevate the arm or leg that was stung. Take an antihistamine if you know you can tolerate that sort of medication. If you are allergic to insect stings or bites, then seek emergency help immediately.
Now that you know more about those pesky little fire ants, do you still have the heebie jeebies? We’re right there with ya!
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Robin Jarvis is a travel and entertainment writer and editor for OnlyInYourState.com with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for travel has taken her to many parts of the world. She spent more than two decades living on the coast in South Carolina and currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina - although she still makes it back to see family in South Carolina quite often. When she's not working, she loves to hike, kayak, and check out new adventures. Get in touch at [email protected]
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