As the floods continue to devastate the US state of Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey over the weekend, there’s a new ‘fresh hell’.
And what I’m talking about, readers, are massive floating islands of fire ants.
It’s like something from a horror film, these creatures are known for their painful bites and they use the bodies of other dead ants as a raft. Gross.
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Houston Chronicle‘s Mike Hixenbaugh tweeted a video of the red fire ants caught up in the floods, which have claimed the lives of five people and seen more than 2,000 rescued.
People are freaking out and warning others to stay away from any floating islands of ants – not that anybody should need telling!
— Mike Hixenbaugh (@Mike_Hixenbaugh) August 27, 2017
— Robert Junior Jr. (@RobertJuniorJr) August 28, 2017
Oh, look-it's all of my childhood nightmares wrapped into one video. Thanks, internets.
— John Henderson (@4EmploymentLaw) August 27, 2017
Houston! Stay away from floating fire ant colonies. They are deadly. The ants will act aggressively and will sting en masse. pic.twitter.com/QJnmGEvvMk
— Daniel Schneider (@BiologistDan) August 27, 2017
But this is 2017, so as if having your life washed away by a flood following a massive bloody hurricane and floating islands of fire ants isn’t enough for you, you could photoshop some images to get some social media sympathy votes like these sad saps.
But these are real, so feel free to feel scared/sad/excited/hungry for the brave snappers.
EEEEEK! One of many fire ant piles floating in Harvey floodwaters. The colony surrounds their queen to form a protective island to survive. pic.twitter.com/dwz6xDWPAP
— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) August 28, 2017
I almost died from looking at this.
— Mickey Fickey (@mrd125) August 27, 2017
— Jay Lee (@jaylee) August 27, 2017
What fresh hell is this
— ((Jen Quist)) (@QuistJennifer) August 28, 2017
I thought flying ants were bad, this is another level.