Fire ants: One more danger lurking in the waters of flood-ravaged Texas

  • Amanda O'Donnell, Austin American-Statesman
4:55 p.m Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 Austin360 Home

Add one more thing to dangers lurking in Texas floodwaters: fire ants.

Several social media users have tweeted pictures of floating rafts of fire ants they spotted in Harvey floodwaters. While the formations may shock some (and terrify most) the living structures are nothing new.

Fire ants are “one of few insects capable of building big structures with their bodies by linking them together, according to Vox

The rafts are formed by a lot of ants “basically holding hands” in order to stay near the queen, and in order to “generate a waterproof weave,” the news site reports.

According to an American-Statesman story in 2015 about flooding in South Carolina: 

Ants, however, may be the least of storm-weary Texans’ worries. Warnings about alligators and fears over snake infestations seem to rank higher in the scheme of things.

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