Fire Ants Stings Can Be Serious

Pustules on a baby's hand from fire ant stings
Pustules on a baby’s hand from fire ant stings

The biting, stinging fire ant is a nuisance most people are far too familiar with, but few recognize the life-threatening danger these small pests pack in their punch.

Recently, a Texas teen died after numerous fire ant stings during a junior high football game in Corpus Christi. Allergic reactions to fire ant bites are rare, but require quick thinking and proactive first aid work.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Program Specialist