Thursday, May 18, 2017
The Subject Is Ants
Thanks for the clue Jack, you gave me something to write about. I don't know exactly when the fire ants arrived here but anyone who has been stung by one doesn't forget it. They itch and hurt and burn for days. I really don't know a good remedy for them. Once when it came a flood here John and I decided to ride to the east to where I think it was the San Antonio river crossed. The water was so high we couldn't cross, the road was blocked off by the highway department. We parked and walked as near to the water as we dared. Among the things we saw floating by was a long board loaded with fire ants. When that board found a home I guess the fire ants floating on it did too. When I was growing up the ant that I learned to try to avoid was the Big Red Ant. I was stung many times playing until I got the message to watch for them and avoid them. They hurt so bad and actually made me sick. I don't know if I was allergic or if they do most people that way. These are the ants which the Horny Toad liked to eat. The ranch where John's cows live have Red Ant beds all over. When John first leased the ranch he carried poison in his truck to doctor the beds to try to rid the ranch of them. He thought they would sting the cows and maybe make them sick. When one of the landladies found out she straightened him out on that subject. Don't take away the food of the Horny Toads so he stopped. Now the ants are still there but the last Horny Toad we saw was about five years ago.