Ouch, a Flying Ant Bit Me, Twice!

Discussion in 'Homebound/Bedbound' started by gb66, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Anyone ever been bitten by one of these little monsters? I am surprised at how much it hurt. I saw something small fly across the room but couldn't find it. About 2 hours later, I sat down in my recliner and felt a very sharp pain on the back of my calf. I saw a small insect fall off. Then, a few hours later, I saw it again crossing the carpet. I picked it up with a kleenex ( big mistake) and darned if it didn't bite me again. I hope these things aren't dangerous. The bite hurt but doesn't seem to be red or swollen now.

    It looks like the pictures online of flying ants. Never knew they were biters. I washed the areas and applied neosporin. Hope I'm still alive later on. lol
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  2. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Active Member

    I get bitten all of the time by ants when I'm outside gardening. You don't need to worry about their bites. They might itch a bit, but that's about it. Flying ants are ants that have reached their sexual maturity. ;)
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  3. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi GB

    How terrible to be attacked in your own home. Have you thought of purchasing a tarantula to protect you against this sort of invasion? Some experts recommend a flame thrower. Especially if you have army ants
    marching around the premises.

    Lots of sites about ants and treatment of ant bites. But sounds like
    you have everything under control now. As you probably know, the
    ants who fly are looking for romance.

    Reminds me of an old kids' riddle. Why did the ant-elope? A survey
    revealed that nobody gnu.

    Hugs, Rock
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  4. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hmmmm, I once felt the earth move but never flew.

    Love, Mikie
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  5. hangininthere

    hangininthere Well-Known Member

    OMG, ouchie wah wah. Never heard of that kind of ant. Yikes.

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  6. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hey, GB

    It's later on. Are you still alive? Hope so. We would miss you if you were gone. Maybe we can turn this into a game. "Animals that have bitten me."

    I can only think of two: mosquitoes (lots of 'em) back in Minnesota and a small lizard here in California. Like your ant, the lizard showed up in our house. On the second floor! I met it on the stairs as it was coming down, and I was going up. I courageously captured it and took it outside. It rewarded my kindness by biting me.

    It's little teeth drew a drop of blood. Good thing it wasn't a Gila monster. America's only poisonous lizard. They kinda look like a beaded purse. Should you encounter one, do not open it. It's venom can make folks illish, but is not fatal.

    If you are bitten and the monster hangs on, Wikipedia says you
    can submerge the lizard in water. That will induce it to let go. I
    suppose you could use the same technique if you get your finger
    stuck in a beaded purse.

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  7. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Yep, I'm still here. I've been bitten by ants before but it didn't hurt this much. Even the little fire ants in Florida.

    I'm really wondering if it wasn't some other kind of insect now. It wasn't a sting, more of a bite. I keep looking around the living room to be sure there are no more. (GB now stands for got bitten).
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  8. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    I think I'll pass on the tarantula Rock. The most exoctic pet I ever owned was a tiny turtle when I was a kid. We used to buy them at the dime store. They had artwork painted on their little backs. I wonder who thought of that?

    Do you remember the Easter chicks and ducks that were dyed pink? I think that is forbidden today. Cruelty to animals and all. Our ducks turned out to be male and female one year and we ended up with baby ducklings eventually. So cute!

    The only bites I've ever received were from some insects and one dog bite on my ankle when I was riding a bike. When I lived in Fl a saw a man lose most of his nose from a monkey bite. He leaned over the crate to get a better look at the monkey and it latched on to his nose. Took a while to turn loose. Lots of blood. Scared all of us but most of all the bitee. It was at a roadside exoctic creature exhibit near Tarpon Springs. Lots of them in Fl in those days.

    I enjoyed looking at most animals but never cared for the snakes. Gave me nightmares. GB
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  9. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    GB, are you now fully recovered now? Do you think it would be cheating
    if you wore one of those beekeeper outfits?

    Oh yeah, there used to be all sorts of little roadside attractions. I guess most of them were put out of business when the freeways came along. Dave Barry talks about some of them in Florida in his latest book:


  10. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Rock, I think a beekeeper outfit would be awfully hot in the living room! :)

    There were lots of those roadside exhibits all over the place in FL. I really miss FL so muich. We had planned to move back there after retirement but finances and illness made it impossible. :( Still have sand in my shoes. GB
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  11. jkennedy

    jkennedy Member

    Here in Texas we have many varmints, not all of which serve in elected office. We have scorpions, horse flies, and chiggers.

    It's shocking how painful scorpion stings are, and they hurt for days. Chiggers bite as close as they can to your nether regions and itch like crazy for days. Horse flies truly want to suck your blood, and their bites hurt like hell.
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