Chiggers and Fire Ants Cannot Stop Hero EMTs

Chiggers and Fire AntsHurricane 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
  1. One Response to “Chiggers and Fire Ants Cannot Stop Hero EMTs”

  2. I was reading the article on chiggers. I was really feeling bad a few years, didn’t have a cold, my insides were burning (my stomach, intestines, my bladder and kidneys). I usually don’t go to Drs. but decided I had better this time. Dr. said I was running a 104 fever. He did some tests and said I was highly allergic to chiggers. He said each time I get a case of chigger bites, it will get worse each time, and eventually throw me in a coma that I won’t come out of. Told him I live on 140 acres, I live in the country. So when I go out, I spray heavy all over.


    By Virginia Cyrus on Dec 19, 2013

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