Friday, August 9, 2013
Red Ants, Rabbits, And Pecans
Besides rattlesnakes the ranch is known for big red ants. Their dens are all over the place. I wonder if they ever sting the cattle. When I was young when I got stung by one it would make me sick. I've been stung by fire ants, wasp and many things but nothing hurt like big red ants. John used to go around hunting the dens and putting poisen out but no more. Horned toads like red ants and that may be part of the reason there aren't many of them left so he lets them be now. You're damned if you do and damned if you don't. Hope they don't ever sting the cows. Now they have envaded Susie's territory, the front porch. Wonder if they rode in from the ranch, we used to not have them here. We got on to their trail and found their den on John's vacant lot next door so he did put out poisen as we have never seen a horned toad around here. I'm so excited about the return of the rabbits, both cottontails and jacks. We saw both this morning. The cottontails have taken up residence near the farm house and the cattle pens and don't seem to be too afraid of us. John has a good pecan crop this year for as young as the trees are. I'm glad he is giving them water in the hot dry weather.