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In the RIDE, “The Swarming” several people met their untimely demise from a mysterious swarm of insects. However if you happen to survive these digital creatures you’re not out of the woods (or jungle) just yet. Here are some of the nasty little packs of bugs that our digital swarm MAY have evolved from. And because I’m nice, I’ve included some tips to protect you against them. ;)

FIRE ANTS

These little bastards were accidently imported to Mobile, Alabama from South America in the 1930’s through soil used in ships’ ballasts. They’ve spread over the years and can now be found in many parts of the southern U.S. as well as in countries all over the world.

Fire ants get their name from their painful sting. If you happen to get bit by a fire ant, expect a nice little dose of formic acid that causes a painful burning sensation. Consider yourself lucky if just one bites you because the ants normally attack in large swarms. Bites are rarely deadly to people without allergies but swarms of fire ants have been know to kill small animals regularly.

So how to stop them? Well the short answer is that you don’t. Prevention and control is key. Make sure you know what a fire ant mound looks like and how to manage (or better yet avoid) it. Texas A&M University released this through FAQ about fire ants and where they make their homes.

YELLOW JACKETS

No no. Not the Georgia Tech mascot or the American jazz-fusion quartet. I’m talking about the bugs, baby.



They might look like bees, sound like bees, but honey they ain’t bees! These types of wasps are far more aggressive than your standard bee and normally attack in packs. For most non-allergic people, Yellow Jackets are mostly just an annoyance, given their propensity for buzzing around food and making their nests in people’s basements and/or attics. Fortunately the colonies normally die off in the wintertime, but if you can’t wait that long you should know what to do.

AFRICANIZED HONEY BEES

A crossbreed of African honeybees and European bees, produce what are now commonly called “Killer Bees” although that name might be an exaggeration. An Africanized Honey Bee sting is not more poisonous than a common bee sting. The danger lies in their hyper-defensive behavior. Killer bees are easily provoked, attack quickly and in large numbers, and pursue aggressors more vehemently.

Still two or three people die every year for AHB attacks. If you happen to get caught in an attack -- RUN! The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a few more helpful tips for surviving a killer bee swarm.