Man, That Hurts! 2 Simple Ways to Alleviate the Pain of a Fire-Ant Sting

Now that summer is in full-swing, you'll be heading outdoors for some fun in the sun. That means the fire ants will be heading out too. Unfortunately, you can't always see fire ants until it's too late. That's because they like to hide underground or around the base of trees. If you've never been stung by a fire ant, you're lucky. Their stings are extremely painful. Fire ants are related to bees and wasps, which is one of the reasons why their stings are so painful. If you're not sure if you have a fire-ant problem, take a look around your yard. If you see mounds of dirt that have recently popped up, you probably have fire ants hiding underneath. Don't disturb the mounds. Instead, contact an exterminator. If you happen to get stung by fire ants this summer, here are two simple tricks that will alleviate the discomfort.

Reach for the Peroxide and Ammonia

If you've been stung by fire ants, peroxide and ammonia will work together to neutralize the sting. You can spray the solution directly onto your skin, or you can apply it using compresses.

Spray Bottles

Fill two plastic spray bottles with water. Add ¾ cup of ammonia to one bottle and ¾ cup of peroxide to the second bottle. Spray the sting with the ammonia solution and let it dry for several minutes. Now spray the sting with the peroxide solution. Repeat the process until the pain subsides.

Compresses

For this method, you'll need two clean wash clothes, a bottle of ammonia, and a bottle of peroxide. Soak your wash clothes in cool water and wring them out well. Pour peroxide on one wash cloth, and pour ammonia on the other one. Take turns applying the wash cloths to the stings. Leave each wash cloth on the sting for about 10 minutes before switching to the other cloth. Repeat the process until the pain subsides.

Apply Lemon Juice

If you have a large area of fire-ant stings, you can squeeze lemon juice on the area to neutralize the pain. You can squeeze lemon juice directly onto the stings, or you can fill a spray bottle with water and add several lemon slices. Shake the bottle up well and then spray the stings with the lemon water solution.

If you've found fire ants in your yard, you'll need to have a company like Source Pest Control come out and take care of the problem for you. If you've been stung by the ants, use the tips provided above to help dull the pain.


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