Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fire Ant Detector

Micah:  What's this I heard about Jan dancing on your walk yesterday morning?  And without music.

Rusty:  I didn't hear that .  Jan - the tortoise - was dancing down the road?

Cyndi:  Oh, that's not fair.  We kitties didn't get to see it.

Marcus:  What you are complaining about?  I'm a dog and I didn't get to see it.

Merci:  If you would behave instead of trying to play attack, you could go with us.  But you're such a pain, Jan has to walk you separately.

Marcus:  Well, isn't it funny I behave so well when I walk Jan by myself?

Sam:  Don't blame us.  Walking is a pleasure when we leave you at home.

Buddy:  You can stop arguing.  Jan wasn't dancing.  When Jan cleaned up my poop, fire ants climbed her shoes.  There wasn't any nest to see, but when we resumed our walk, the fire ants attacked her legs and that dance was her trying to stomp the ants off her shoes while scraping the ants off her legs and then to scratch the bites.

Cameron: What's a fire ant? Are they anything like fleas? I don't like fleas 'cause they bite.

Sam: Fire ants don't just bite and make you itch, they sting multiple times and their venom makes one feel like they lit a number of fires and are roasting marshmallows for fun.

Percy: Roasting marshmallows does sound like fun. But the bite and sting part doesn't sound like fun.

Buddy: Fire ants are in the same classification as bees and wasps, but fire ants don't just sting once, they keep stinging.

Micah:  Oh, so that's why Jan was splashing tea tree oil on her legs when you got back from your walk.

Merci:  Yes, Jan has been using that tea tree oil on fire ant bites for years. 

Sam:  Well, if she'd stop standing on them, she wouldn't get bitten and she wouldn't need anything to kill the pain.  

Percy:  True, but we all know Jan is a klutz, so if there are fire ants around, she'll step into the middle of them.

Cameron:  I know how to solve that!  We have a smoke detector to warn us the next time Jan melts a tea kettle.  We need to get Jan a fire ant detector to go off when she's anywhere near fire ants.

Rusty:  That's not a half bad idea. Do you think we can find a good deal on Amazon? 

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  1. Fire ants. Nasty little beasties.


  2. Nasty creatures. Like the detector idea.

  3. Sounds like a great solution. Let's hope it works ;-)

  4. Mom said one time when they were stationed in Georgia she stepped in a nest of the nasty little bugs and they bit her feet all up, she jumped right into the baby pool on the patio....glad your momma is okay.
    stella rose

  5. Ewwww, we're sooo glad we don't have them up where we live! Our grand-humans do though. :(

  6. FIRE ANT????? On Jan's Shoes and feet and LEGS??? OMD that is terrible. We are just glad that they didn't get all the way up to...
    Her PANTS...

    OMD Fire Ants in your pants would be TERRIBLE times 87,000.

  7. UGH!!!! That is not a good situation!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  8. Ouch! My human does not like ANY ants (she got fed up with the lot of them after this year's invasion), but she is extra glad we don't seem to have any fire ants!

  9. Oh no, those fire ants are evil!!! We hear lots of places are overrun with them as well as sugar ants. We really wish you had gotten a video of that awesome dance:) It would have been a YouTube sensation.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  10. Momma says da fire ants are awful. I guess I's lucky dey ain't in da house.

  11. Ouch ouch ouch ! Fire ants are evil nasty bugs ! We're glad the ants stopped at Jan's knees... Purrs

  12. Oh no! Poor Jan!!! Fire ants are horrible little creatures. Of course, I have an aversion to ants in general (bad experience with them as a small child), so ants that bite and sting repeatedly are the stuff of nightmares!

  13. You guys are right fire ants are firey! They are awful. Our Mom has to watch for them all the time while working in the yard. She is very careful but she still gets bit sometimes. We hope Jan is OK.

  14. Fire ants think we opened a bed and breakfast in our yard. They are Satan's pets and cause us great pain!

  15. We've never seen those fire ants, and we're glad we haven't. Thanks for checking up on us! We did a post since you asked.

  16. I don't think we have them around here. probably heard we'd chase 'em off!

    Your pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Mayorz For All Paws

  17. OMC....Mom hates fire ants...unfortunately, they LOVE her. :(

    The Florida Furkids

  18. Poor Jan! We hopes her legs feel better soon. AND that those silly fire ants leaves her alone.

    Sasha, Sami, & Saku

  19. aughhhh! we is furry sorry miss jan gotted stung, we knows them li'l buggers is nasty. mommer purrrays that the ones in ozark co., missouri stays there an' don't move up to where we liff. it' ain't that far!

    we haf seen mommer do that dance when she runs into spider webs or sees a wasper. it's pretty entertainin' as long as she don't get hurt. if she does, it ain't worth ennything bein' around her!

  20. Owie, owie, owie.
    Hope no lasting ill effects are happening.

    Them rascals are horrid, and we are glad they are not part of our lives here in Michigan. Hope they nevur adapt to this climate, either.

  21. TBT says he was introduced to fire ants on a trip to Ft Worth and got bitten bad. He says if they ever come around here, flamethrowers and dynimite will be used...

  22. Oh No Fire ants!!!! Steer clear, they be pawful!!!!

    By da way, weez nominated yous fur a foo awards on meez blog posty tuday.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

  23. Scary!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  24. hello funny farmers its dennis the vizsla dog hay egad!!! ants wot attack with flaymthrowers??? i am suddenly glad that all we hav heer ar the littel tiny argentine tango ants!!! ok bye


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