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Old 04-23-2010, 04:26 PM
 
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Just a quick question about the fire ant situation......I know there have been many threads on this topic but I have never seen anything that stated if anyone has problem with fire ants attacking their dogs while they are outside in the yard or not??? I would think that if they step on a mound they would get the same wrath as us humans, but ????????? any input would be appreciated.

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Old 04-23-2010, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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Just a quick question about the fire ant situation......I know there have been many threads on this topic but I have never seen anything that stated if anyone has problem with fire ants attacking their dogs while they are outside in the yard or not??? I would think that if they step on a mound they would get the same wrath as us humans, but ????????? any input would be appreciated.
I have three chow hounds of my own and a very large yard for them. As long as the dogs do not disturb the fire ants then the fire ants don't disturb them. I have brushed a few off the dogs if they were near the mound and the ants got curious so to speak. But no issues of unprovoked attacks, either way.

I do keep the yard as clear as possible and powder mounds when found. During the season I also perform at least one yard sweep daily to try catching them when visible.
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:34 PM
 
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we have fire ants from time to time and have a dog and a cat--they both spend time in back yard--
we have not seen any real signs of fire ant stings except maybe once on our dog

but be aware that fire ants have been known to kill young calves and sheep in pastures that have significant mounds--they get into their noses usually

your pets are more vulnerable on their pads (inside them) and on bellys where there is less hair/fur
and on their noses which usually pokes into the mounds...
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Old 05-01-2010, 08:43 PM
 
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I have never seen fire ants attack anything, though they will definitely bite you if you step on one of their mounds (as I have learned the hard way, on accident of course). That being said, it's a good idea to keep an eye out for mounds that develop in your yard and take care of them before they become big. Honestly, they're really not that big of a deal...it sounds like you may have read something that blew the issue out of proportion a little.
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Old 05-01-2010, 09:51 PM
 
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fire ants aren't as aggressive as bees or wasps--
but dogs will stick their snouts into mounds when they are sniffing the grass...and will lie in the grass and have ants crawl on them sometimes without noticing until they do start to sting
and ants will swarm when a nest has been disturbed...
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:15 PM
 
Location: So California
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Of course its the same as humans. If the dog lays down on or near a mound there going to get attacked.
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Old 11-20-2010, 01:12 AM
 
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I once had a dog that got attacked by fire ants. The reason is unknown. But, it was a bad attack. She was unable to hold her head up and shaking pretty violently. We took her to an emergency animal hospital and they had to keep her over night to run an IV and it took her about 3 weeks to completely recuperate. And, of course, she was covered in ant bites. Some of her hair never grew back in the bad spots.
So, to answer your question. Yes, fire ants will bother dogs. Most likely if they are provoked.
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