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I have zero experience with fire ants or pest ants. But in my back yard while mowing, I noticed an extremely large ant nest. The ants are red and a bit bigger than the tiny ones in my sidewalk out front.<br><br>
The nest is probably the length of 1.5 to 2 of my feet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My feet are big, about the size of a man's. So you can see how I was able to see such a huge nest while mowing! And you can see why I'm concerned.<br><br>
Anyone know what the heck kind of ants these are, and whether to be concerned? How can I tell if they are the stinging kind? DS and I are going to be in the yard a lot this summer and I'm REALLY concerned about him getting close to those things.
 

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Sounds like fire ants to me...... we're in Georgia and have tons of them.<br><br>
I've had moderate success with grits sprinkled over the mound..... doesn't always work though (don't know why).<br><br>
Otherwise we use Amdro and Ortho Fire Ant Killer....... whatever I can get my hands on and I like to alternate just to make sure.<br><br>
Fire Ants stink! They crawl up on you in a swarm and won't bite until there are massive quantities on your skin..... then yowch!!! They don't just brush off either...... then the bites..... not pleasant.<br><br>
We have a big yard and the kids have learned to avoid them..... I treat the immediate area that they play in and they have to learn how to stay away from them in the other areas. We haven't had an ant bite around here for a year or so.... I guess the kids are learning.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: You could always step in it and see if they bite you!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Just teasing, they sound like fire ants. It rained here this weekend and we were gardening today and I didn't notice the ants until it was too late. Bad thing about Crocs, they let the fire ants in. My poor tootsies are covered in ant bites. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/fever.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Fever">: Every time it rains for some odd reason we get a new infestation. We use natural ant killers (spinosad and diatema(spell) earth), so our neighbors that all using chemicals just send the ants back over to our yard. Mean little hungry beasts.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
kill 'em!
 
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