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‘Island Of Fire Ants’ Discovered In Houston Flooding
CBS DFW ^ | August 27, 2017 10:41 PM

Posted on 08/28/2017 10:38:36 AM PDT by Red Badger

One danger evacuees and first responders are dealing with along with the flooding in Houston is fire ants.

Islands of fire ants!

CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca tweeted a photo from Houston as the ants formed a protective island in the high water.

According to Orkin.com, fire ants can exist in colonies of up to 250,000 workers and will sting intruders repeatedly. Fire ants feed on animal or vegetable sources of food according to the web site.

No reports yet of anyone getting bitten by fire ants.

Tropical Storm Harvey continues to head back toward the Gulf of Mexico at a slow pace.

In its 10 p.m. CDT Sunday advisory, the National Hurricane Center reported that the storm still had sustained winds of up to 40 mph and is centered 20 miles east of Victoria, Texas, about 120 miles southwest of Houston. It continues to creep to the east-southeast at 3 mph.

That means it remains virtually stalled near the coast and continues to drop heavy rain on the Houston and Galveston areas. In the past 48 hours, numerous spots in the region have measured more than 25 inches of rainfall.

The hurricane center says Harvey’s center was expected to drift off the middle Texas coast on Monday and meander offshore through Tuesday before beginning “a slow northeastward motion.”


TOPICS: US: Louisiana; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: fireants; flood; houston; hurricaneharvey; insects; wildlife
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1 posted on 08/28/2017 10:38:36 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Do they live atop each other? How do they keep afloat without drowning?


2 posted on 08/28/2017 10:40:02 AM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (A Realistically Really Real Housewife)
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To: Red Badger

Dang, man, Houston gets hit with hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, and now fire ants?


3 posted on 08/28/2017 10:40:29 AM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: Red Badger

Throw in some Dawn.


4 posted on 08/28/2017 10:40:37 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Don't mistake your dorm political discussions with the desires of the nation)
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To: Red Badger

Fire Ant Islands drift to sea and then on to Cuba


5 posted on 08/28/2017 10:40:51 AM PDT by bert (K.E.; N.P.; GOPc;WASP .... The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column)
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To: Red Badger

Tough little buggers.


6 posted on 08/28/2017 10:40:53 AM PDT by Governor Dinwiddie
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To: AppyPappy

a liitle gasoline should do it....


7 posted on 08/28/2017 10:41:48 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Ant have air trapped between the tiny hairs on the outside of their bodies.....................


8 posted on 08/28/2017 10:41:51 AM PDT by Red Badger (Road Rage lasts 5 minutes. Road Rash lasts 5 months!.....................)
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To: Jim 0216

Next up:

ZOMBIES............................


9 posted on 08/28/2017 10:42:55 AM PDT by Red Badger (Road Rage lasts 5 minutes. Road Rash lasts 5 months!.....................)
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To: Jim 0216

Somebody call Kenny Loggins because Houston is definitely in the Danger Zone.


10 posted on 08/28/2017 10:43:02 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Benedict McCain is the worst traitor ever to wear the uniform of the US military.)
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To: Red Badger

That looks like something to spray with oil and then light up.


11 posted on 08/28/2017 10:43:14 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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To: Red Badger

Yep ... that’s how they survive. So now Houston is not only dealing with floods, but this ... and gators ... and snakes.


12 posted on 08/28/2017 10:43:39 AM PDT by al_c (LIBERAL - Laughable Iconsiderate Blaming Entitled Ranting Anti-christian Loudmouth)
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To: Jim 0216

Fire ants have been a part of Houston for decades.


13 posted on 08/28/2017 10:43:42 AM PDT by TexasGator
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14 posted on 08/28/2017 10:44:11 AM PDT by Red Badger (Road Rage lasts 5 minutes. Road Rash lasts 5 months!.....................)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

If it wouldn’t contaminate the surface waters, posin/spray the little biting critters. They are ferocious!

Looks like they heard about taking to higher ground.


15 posted on 08/28/2017 10:44:15 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: TexasGator

I got bit by so many fire ants one time I got DIZZY!...................


16 posted on 08/28/2017 10:45:33 AM PDT by Red Badger (Road Rage lasts 5 minutes. Road Rash lasts 5 months!.....................)
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To: Red Badger

Googling around....looks like fire ants are pretty common in parts of Texas.


17 posted on 08/28/2017 10:46:10 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: dp0622

Ping.


18 posted on 08/28/2017 10:46:40 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: bert
#5: "Fire Ant Islands drift to sea and then on to Cuba"

You know how great health care is in Cuba? A few years back an eldery lady was stung to death in a Cuban hospital bed by fire ants that had colonized her hospital mattress.

Staff had seen a few ants but never bothered to investigate their source. No one cared to do anything. Fix it mañana. Too late for abuela.
 

19 posted on 08/28/2017 10:46:55 AM PDT by Governor Dinwiddie
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To: Red Badger

Napalm. It’s not just for breakfast anymore.


20 posted on 08/28/2017 10:47:04 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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