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Drought conditions bring ants from below ground in search of water

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TYLER (KYTX) - The dry conditions all across east Texas are bringing critters out of hiding, and the results can be deadly.

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey found out which creatures come out more in a drought.

Fire ants are small and while a few may not hurt you, a lot of them could. With extremely dry weather and sporadic rain, they're not the only critters you're more likely to see.

There's not many positive things happening in a drought, one of the biggest negatives are ants. In the case of a Corpus Christi football player bites from a fire ant triggered a severe allergic reaction that caused death.

Fire ants can also be dangerous to animals.

"In the right concentration they can cause issues to our livestock, they can cause issues to like our baby chickens or baby calves," said Chad Gulley with the Texas A and M Agri-Life extension service.

He said the drought brings them out of their hiding places which is typically down in the dirt But in serious conditions they'll emerge in search of water.

"When we irrigate or rain fall and that when we see those pocket mound," Gulley said.

He said because football fields and yards are often watered to keep up appearance they become a perfect location for ant mounds to pop up.

Ants aren't the only  unwelcome creatures creeping up and into homes during the dry weather.

Tommy Treadwell, owner of Town and Country Pest Control, said roaches, rats, mice and even mosquitoes come out more.

"People water their yards more, so they grow mosquitos," said Treadwell.

 

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