Hurricane Gustav may have been a destructive hurricanes, but it didn’t remove the annoying threat of chiggers and fire ants in Louisiana.
A group of emergency medical personnel from Somerset County, Pennsylvania, found out the hard way that chiggers and fire ants are “friendly” when they went to down to the Gulf Coast to help out with relief operations near Alexandria, Louisiana.
According to the Daily American, when the group arrived after a 27-hour car trip, their accomodations weren’t quite ready so they went to Wal-Mart and bought camping equipment including a tent.
After a night in the tent, the chiggers and fire ants bites were enough to let them know they were welcome.
Nevertheless, the EMTs persevered.
First, they waited out the hurricane passing over them in a shelter with other evacuees.
Then, they traveled within the Louisiana community and began their work – helping whomever need assistance from the damage caused by Hurricane Gustav.
All in all, it sounds like the most challenging part of the trip for this group of heroes was the insect bites.September 15, 2008 – 10:43 am