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Old 01-02-2009, 01:25 PM
 
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I have a serious question that I hope some of you will chime in on. My girlfriend and I recently (almost a year now) moved from the Northeast to North Carolina for many reasons including cheaper cost of living, warmer weather and more. In the first couple months living here I had 3 major medical emergencies that set me way back with work and I went from debt free to having a large pile of medical bills from an ambulance ride, hospitals and doctors. I am very allergic to fire ant stings and feel pretty lucky to be alive after the last incident where I barely made it to my epipen before passing out. I have had two previous episodes once while on vacation in florida and another on vacation in south carolina. I am at the point where I will hardly leave the house and the psychological trauma is just killing me. My girlfriend and I LOVE to spend time outdoors hiking, boating, kayaking, biking, etc. so avoiding these evil little creatures is virtually impossible, we always try. Well after spending 30 years in the northeast without a similar incident we are seriously ready to pick up our stuff and move on to someplace where this would no longer be an issue.

So my question is, are there any fire-ant free places to live besides moving back to a snowy cold climate? Has anyone else gone through anything similar?

We haven't completely ruled out going back to the north east but we were hoping we had some other options. I am open to going nearly anywhere that has outdoor activities and water and a relatively reasonable cost of living. We have no kids and don't plan on it so thats not an issue. I would love to hear from people that live in "ant-free" zones. tia.
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Old 01-02-2009, 01:59 PM
 
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I have a serious question that I hope some of you will chime in on. My girlfriend and I recently (almost a year now) moved from the Northeast to North Carolina for many reasons including cheaper cost of living, warmer weather and more. In the first couple months living here I had 3 major medical emergencies that set me way back with work and I went from debt free to having a large pile of medical bills from an ambulance ride, hospitals and doctors. I am very allergic to fire ant stings and feel pretty lucky to be alive after the last incident where I barely made it to my epipen before passing out. I have had two previous episodes once while on vacation in florida and another on vacation in south carolina. I am at the point where I will hardly leave the house and the psychological trauma is just killing me. My girlfriend and I LOVE to spend time outdoors hiking, boating, kayaking, biking, etc. so avoiding these evil little creatures is virtually impossible, we always try. Well after spending 30 years in the northeast without a similar incident we are seriously ready to pick up our stuff and move on to someplace where this would no longer be an issue.

So my question is, are there any fire-ant free places to live besides moving back to a snowy cold climate? Has anyone else gone through anything similar?

We haven't completely ruled out going back to the north east but we were hoping we had some other options. I am open to going nearly anywhere that has outdoor activities and water and a relatively reasonable cost of living. We have no kids and don't plan on it so thats not an issue. I would love to hear from people that live in "ant-free" zones. tia.

This map might help you a bit:

Imported Fire Ant and Household Insects : Potential United States Range Expansion of the Invasive Fire Ant

As you can see, they are already entrenched (so to speak!) in lower parts of the South from North Carolina into all but the westernmost part of Texas. And from there on, it seems likely they will spread westward thru the lower areas of the Southwestern states and into California.
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