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    hate fireants and poison oak roots... be careful my friend .. hunt safe..GLOVES.
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    Yeah, when I moved down south I had no idea what fire ants were. Sad to say, I know well what they are now! Steer clear!
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    ouch!! I had 2 bite and was in agony for 2 weeks. I hate them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by old digger View Post
    OW! OUCH! OW! OW! OUCH! CRAP! OUCH! Darn ANTS! Hope your hand gets to feeling better. Out here in Mt. I usually check out the red ant hills for fossils (star crinoids, and trade beads, and have found a few. The ants either collect them or remove them from their burrows and place them on their mounds. Possibily the smalls little rocks insulate or warm up the nest below, not certain. Better Luck next time!
    That is really interesting... I have personally seen where ants have used cape emeralds, garnets, diamonds and other gemstones on thier mound piles in southern Wyoming. It is speculated that they use them to "armor" thier mounds. I have also heard of emerald hunters looking for emeralds on ant mounds to figure out where a good area would be to dig for the emeralds.
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    My first encounter with fire ants was at my sisters house in Florida. It was my first to Florida and I went outside barefoot and was standing in the yard looking around and my feet started stinging real bad. I looked down and my feet were covered with those little devils. It was a very painful trip for me. We have them here in Tennessee now and theres a bunch of them in my yard. Locals think they were brought up here in bags of mulch and they are taking over pretty quick. I don't like the little devils and I've caused many of them to have a very bad day too, lol. I hope you feel better soon. Hang in there
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    Quote Originally Posted by IAMZIM View Post
    That is really interesting... I have personally seen where ants have used cape emeralds, garnets, diamonds and other gemstones on thier mound piles in southern Wyoming. It is speculated that they use them to "armor" thier mounds. I have also heard of emerald hunters looking for emeralds on ant mounds to figure out where a good area would be to dig for the emeralds.
    Who would have had of thunk ants would lead to treasure,just another miracle of HIM. God Bless Chris
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    Ow, ow, ow! I don't believe we have any fire ants in northern New England (yet) - they sound nasty! Don't want them up here.

    Worldtalker - you're right, pissed off yellow jackets or hornets is New England's equivalent to pissed off fire ants!

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    Funny, It seems ants like to build their nests where there is already something in the ground. I have experienced this several times.

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    wait to you meet a "cow killer ant" -- which is really a type of wingless "ground" wasp - their not called "cow killers" for nothing -- the flying type of in the ground nesting wasp are another nasty critter that metal detectorist run across , for some reason the signal sent out by a metal detectors coil seems to drive them crazy --so if possible if swarmed shut off your machine or drop it and run away a safe distance --return for it after the wasp lose interest --might be a while.
    Last edited by ivan salis; Aug 31, 2012 at 09:00 AM.

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    wait to you meet a "cow killer ant" -- which is really a type of wingless "ground" wasp - their not called "cow killers" for nothing -- the flying type of ground nesting wasp are another nasty critter that metal detectorist run across , for some reason the signal sent out by a metal detectors coil seems to drive them crazy --so if possible if swarmed shut off your machine or drop it and run away a safe distance --return for it after the wasp lose interest --might be a while.

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    wait to you meet a "cow killer ant" -- which is really a type of wingless "ground" wasp - their not called "cow killers" for nothing -- the flying type of ground nesting wasp are another nasty critter that metal detectorist run across , for some reason the signal sent out by a metal detectors coil seems to drive them crazy --so if possible if swarmed shut off your machine or drop it and run away a safe distance --return for it after the wasp lose interest --might be a while.

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    it is odd how many times I get a signal in an ant bed or under dog crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ivan salis
    wait to you meet a "cow killer ant" -- which is really a type of wingless "ground" wasp - their not called "cow killers" for nothing -- the flying type of ground nesting wasp are another nasty critter that metal detectorist run across , for some reason the signal sent out by a metal detectors coil seems to drive them crazy --so if possible if swarmed shut off your machine or drop it and run away a safe distance --return for it after the wasp lose interest --might be a while.
    Is this the critter you're talking about? A velvet ant I saw In my yard the other day.


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    I believe your velvet ant is called a " cow killer".....it is actually a wasp or hornet type critter that does not have wings.....on a side note....their sting packs a punch. Later all

 

 
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