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    Had my first experience with fire ants when I was five and stepped in a nest in my bare feet!

    I've even been bitten by some up here on the north coast of all places.  It happened when I worked in a garden store and was watering.  I figured that the ants were in the soil of tropicals that came from Florida, and they climbed up on me to get out of the water.  

    My first trip ever to the ER was also because of fire ant bites.  Made my whole leg swell up.  Docs at first thought it was an allergic reaction, but when they learned I had a history of fire ant bites and a few fresh ones (one ant had gotten under the laces and tongue of my tennis shoe and bit me repeatedly), they said it was a toxic buildup from the venom that the ant bites have in them.  Oh joy.

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