Ants at Dallas Cowboy’s Training Camp

The city of San Antonio, TX is buzzing with excitement as Dallas Cowboy football is in the air. Another thing

Dallas Cowboys Training

Dallas Cowboys Training (Photo credit: C. Strife)

that was buzzing, or crawling for that matter, was a Cowboy player’s pants earlier this summer.

Dallas Cowboys’ Fullback, Lawrence Vickers, was stretching just before the special teams period when he felt a stinging in his pants. Rushing off the field, grabbing his groin, he noticed two big red ants in his pants.

“I was just holding myself, and you don’t just be grabbing on yourself because ants are on you. People are gonna make fun of you. I don’t care as long as they got off me. I don’t care about people knowing about ants in my pants.”

Although Vickers is allergic to ants and breaks out in hives when bitten, he was able to return to practice the same day after taking some Benadryl and washing the bitten area.

Ant Allergies

Stinging ants can inject venom that can cause irritation, burning, and even blisters on the skin’s surface. People that have ant allergies, like Lawrence Vickers does, can suffer from more dangerous reactions or even death. The allergic reaction comes from chemicals produced by the body’s immune system while fighting the venom, not actually the venom itself. Insect stings are responsible for 40 deaths per year in the United States.

Symptoms of Ant Allergies 

allergic reaction

allergic reaction (Photo credit: :: Wendy ::)

  • Swelling
  • Hives or blisters
  • Irritation
  • Wheezing/ difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Slurred Speech
  • Sweating
  • Nausea

Treatment for Ant Allergies

Antihistamines, like Benadryl, can alleviate most ant bite allergy symptoms. More severe reactions may necessitate an epinephrine injection. Doctors or allergy specialists can also give allergy sufferers weekly injections to reduce venom sensitivity.

 

Click here for a quick video on ant pest control I you’re worried about ants. Watch a great video on ant pest control by ant guru Adam.

 

If you have ant allergies, contact a pest control professional today!

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Critter Control
San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 499-4225
crittercontrol.com

Orkin Pest & Termite Control
4902 Center Park Boulevard
San Antonio, TX
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

 

Source: ESPN.com

OUCH! Texas Man Stung 300 Times by Africanized Bees

Killer Bee Swarm

Killer Bee Swarm (Photo credit: pinkgranite)

Imagine trying to move a cabinet when you are suddenly being swarmed by some 125,000 aggressive Africanized bees. That’s exactly what happened to a 40-year old warehouse worker form Pflugerville, Texas on Wednesday. During the attack the man was stung more then 300 times and had to be rushed to the hospital immediately.

Despite the excessive bee stings, the man is expected to make a full recovery. A local beekeeper safely removed the giant colony along with 120 pounds of honeycomb. Three other people were also stung, but were not seriously injured.

This recent Africanized bee attack is raising awareness that these bees are still a problem in Texas and other parts of the Southwest United States.

Africanized “Killer” Bees

  • Africanized bees, also know as “killer bees,” are a hybrid of honeybees from Europe and southern Africa.
  • The only way to distinguish Africanized bees from their European counterparts is through molecular analysis.
  • Africanized bees are ten times more likely to initiate an attack or sting then a common honeybee.
  • Africanized bees are more easily aggravated, swarm rapidly, attack in greater numbers, and follow their victims for longer distances.
  • Africanized bees are moving northward at a rate of 100-300 miles per year. They are now universal most of the state of Texas.
  • The following informative graphic illustrates Africanized bee migration through the United States. 

English: from http://nationalatlas.gov/article...

Bee Problems?

If you notice any significant bee activity in or around your property, contact a professional immediately. Bee problems can be safely resolved by working with a local exterminator or bee removal specialist.

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 

Critter Control
San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 499-4225
crittercontrol.com

Orkin Pest & Termite Control
4902 Center Park Boulevard
San Antonio, TX
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

San Antonio Bee Removal
210-547-1342
beeremovalsanantonio.com

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