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April 2005 The Shoreline Page 17
Bits and Bites
By Sigrid Schneider
Spring is really approaching and soon,
if not now, we will be digging in the
ground planting all sorts of things. If you
discover mounds a few inches high (or
higher) and six inches (or wider) chances
are you have a budding red fire ant colony.
This tiny pest is not native to this country
but is originally from southern Brazil and
now inhabits 11 southern states as well as
isolated areas in New Mexico and
California. Older mounds can reach well
over a foot high. Each mound can contain
up to a quarter of a million ants. That can
add up to a huge bunch of stings. They are
tiny but if you are near their nest, they
attack and very soon you are covered
with postule-like sores that itch intensely.
So, in order to not be attacked, you want
to get them before they get you. Since
some time is involved you want to start
now to get rid of them.
One method is to use baits. Mounds
should be treated with baits that have
insecticides that contain hydramethylnon
avernectubm febixtcarb, fibronil,
methoprene, pyripproxyfen mixed with
granular ant attractant. There are some
products that contain spinosad which are
considered organic and are also effective.
Baits are fairly slow acting but are easier to
apply then drenching the mounds. Sprinkle
amount recommended on the label. Apply
insecticide around each mound early in the
evening and not within six hours of precipitation
(either rainfall or heavy dew). Do not apply
directly on the mound. Worker ants carry
particles of the bait to the queen killing her.
The worker ants will be active inside the mound
for several weeks without the queen but will
gradually disappear. You can reapply in three
or four days.
However, if the risk of human contact with
fire ants is high, drenches have to be used.
Mound drenches are insecticides diluted with
water and work as contact insecticides. For this
application, use products that contain acephate
or chlorpyifos and carefully follow directions
on the label. For badly infested areas,
applications will have to be repeated. Needless
to say, children and pets have to be kept away
until areas are dry.
If you have been bitten, clear aloe vera gel
applied liberally to affected area works very
well leaving no blisters or sores later.
Submitted by Karen Rice
I guess the rodent that came out of his hole in February was right - six more weeks of
winter! Not to worry, we can always eat in cold weather.
The luncheon committee comprised of Terrie Sweeny, Erika Upchurch, Barbara Gray,
Ellen Huber, Jean Hileman, Dariene Smith and Shari Malone, gave us reason to come and
enjoy the company of our friends.
Since Superball was cancelled, the pot of winnings increases for April and just might
throw people into a new income tax bracket! DON’T FORGET: STARTING TIME IS 8:30
Great Truths That Little
Children Have Learned:
1) No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don’t let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don’t hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don’t sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don’t wear polka-dot underw'car under white shorts.
10)The best place to be when you’re sad is Grandpa’s lap.
Great Truths that Adults Have Learned:
1) Raising teenagers is like nailing JeIl-0 to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don’t hurt.
3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
4) Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise. It’s like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.
Great Truths About Growing Old:
1) Growing up is mandatory; growing old is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you’re down
4) You’re getting old when you get the same sensation firom a rocking chair that
you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It’s Ihistrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the
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