A bull-ant bit me on the toe

@JudyEv (134905)
Bunbury, Australia
March 6, 2017 9:20am CST
We have a house concert here on Friday night in Donnybrook, Western Australia but it will be held outdoors. Yesterday we were down the paddock putting up the shelter round the men's toilet when a bull-ant bit me on the toe. Sometimes they are called sergeant ants. They are aggressive little sods and come looking for anything that disturbs their area. It's my own fault for not wearing my boots. The bite wasn't too bad yesterday but today it is red, swollen and itchy. Someone said I should put some insect repellent on it to take away the pain so I'm going to try that. I'm off the bed now. We had a lovely dinner with our guests and they said nice things about my upside-down cake. After dinner, we played train dominoes which is a fun game. The photo is of another of our spiders. We call this one a Christmas spider – I think because of his colouring.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
6 Mar 17
This is your own fault, you should feed your ants better.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
And here was I - hoping for bucketloads of sympathy! I should have known better.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv Sympathy at Mylot, you must be joking.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
@Asylum Yes, I guess I should have known better.
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• United States
7 Mar 17
Put a piece of potato on it to reduce swelling and if there is still venom in there, draw it out with an onion slice !
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
Thanks for the advice. I might just do that.
• United States
9 Mar 17
@JudyEv as long as you are not allergic to onions (an enzyme called allantoin effects everyone differently) . . . it should draw poison out and help aid in curtailing the itch sensation also. Are you better today ?
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Mar 17
@enlightenedpsych2 The blisters have collapsed today so that's good.
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@JohnRoberts (63216)
• Los Angeles, California
6 Mar 17
That spider is a wicked looking brute.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
He is only tiny and I would think the spines are only for show. :)
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@JohnRoberts (63216)
• Los Angeles, California
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv The close up makes him big and creepy. In 50s sci fi movies, they "enlarged" insects into threatening giants.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
@JohnRoberts I was trying to show some detail but it's not a good enough photo.
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@LadyDuck (176861)
• Switzerland
6 Mar 17
I hope that it is not too serious, I am not sure about the insect repellent, may be a ointment would be better.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
I couldn't remember where the ointment was but I did know where the repellent was so I just used that.
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@LadyDuck (176861)
• Switzerland
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv I hope it worked, you have scary ants there.
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@topffer (36124)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
6 Mar 17
Never heard of an aggressive spider like this one. I hope it will be nothing serious.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
The spider didn't bite me. It was an ant - but he won't bite anyone else!
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@topffer (36124)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv I was absent minded I should have realized that a bull-ant was an ant
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
@topffer It's no big deal but mostly I think it's better if I set the record straight.
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@allknowing (69483)
• India
6 Mar 17
Atleast this ant would be happy to know that it is being discussed at this prestigious site (lol)
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
I don't think that was on top of his list of priorities but maybe it was.
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@allknowing (69483)
• India
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv You never know what goes on in that tiny brain (lol)
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
6 Mar 17
Well, there's one good thing about winter.. no bugs! I am not a fan of bugs!
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
These ants really bite - and they come searching for you!
• United States
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv I don't think we have them around here, thank goodness!
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@louievill (19714)
• Philippines
6 Mar 17
It's not that serious unless you have an allergic reaction to the specific bite
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
That's very true so although the blisters look bad I'm sure they will settle down in a day or two.
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@DianneN (85167)
• United States
6 Mar 17
Ouch! Glad your upside down cake was a hit! As for your photo, SCREAM!
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
The spider is very tiny really. And the rotten ant was even smaller.
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@DianneN (85167)
• United States
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv And both bite, obviously!
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
@DianneN I don't think the spider bites but I'm not going to check. :)
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@TheSojourner (17304)
• United States
6 Mar 17
That is one creepy-looking arachnid. Yuck. I hope that the ant bite is not too bad. I would probably be extra-allergic and have issues. My immune system doesn't handle too many of those things well.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
I have three big blisters which I've photographed for the next post! I'm hoping for lots of sympathy! :)
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• United States
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv I hope it's not so gross that I'll throw up. LOL
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
@CoralLevang It does have a gross alert. View at your own risk!
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@rebelann (42833)
• El Paso, Texas
6 Mar 17
Have you tried baking soda? Its pretty good at getting the venom out of insect bites, I've used it on mosquito bites and it works well.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
Carb soda has so many uses. Vinegar was suggested too and that has nearly as many uses. Thanks for the suggestion.
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@rebelann (42833)
• El Paso, Texas
7 Mar 17
I hope something helped @JudyEv your toes looked really bad in the photo you shared.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
@rebelann It's stopped hurting but looks even grosser now.
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• United States
6 Mar 17
Never heard of that kind of ant, also never heard of putting repellent on a bite....there are many creams etc. to put on to relieve itch. Is it better today?
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
The repellent did seem to help. It isn't hurting now but there are still three whopping blisters on my toe.
• United States
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv I guess you won't be traipsing around out there w/o sufficient foot coverage!
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
@AbbyGreenhill Not for a month or so until I forget about it. :)
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@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
7 Mar 17
I might have to ice that, ant bites and I end up with welts and sometimes have to take benedryl
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
I took a Polaramine the first night to stop the itching. It also acts as a sleeping pill for me. I had a great sleep. I was rather hoping it might itch the next night. Perhaps it will as it gets better.
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• Centralia, Missouri
9 Mar 17
@JudyEv How is it doing now?
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Mar 17
@Jessicalynnt Sorry I'm a bit behind. The blisters have sort of collapsed. I guess new skin will grow behind the blister then the top skin will peel off.
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@youless (93702)
• Guangzhou, China
7 Mar 17
I am sorry to hear that. I hope it will not get worse. If it doesn't get well, perhaps it is better for you to go to see a doctor.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
Thanks for your concern but I'm sure in a few days it will be fine again.
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@youless (93702)
• Guangzhou, China
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv That's great. As very occasionally I read the news and people get worse situation by being bited by the insects. A man had his arm cut because he was pricked by the seafood. This is why I think it is better to be careful to it.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
@youless That is very true but we have been bitten by these before so we know what to expect.
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@amadeo (73409)
• United States
6 Mar 17
Sorry about the bug bite there.Now sure about this,never heard of repellent on the bite?
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
It did seem to take the sting away but the blisters are still there today.
@amadeo (73409)
• United States
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv that sure is an ugly bug there.Ugh
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
@amadeo I thought he was quite pretty. :)
@Corbin5 (116380)
• United States
6 Mar 17
Your poor toe! Hope the toe heals soon. That is one very unusual-looking spider you have shared with us!!
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
The spider is quite pretty really isn't he? I still have huge blisters on my toe but no doubt they'll disappear in time.
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@Corbin5 (116380)
• United States
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv I will be delighted when your poor toe is back to normal!!!
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
@Corbin5 Thank you. I've enjoyed all the sympathy. Much better than suffering in silence.
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@Ronrybs (7496)
• London, England
6 Mar 17
I have heard of them, but luckily never seen one let alone been bitten by one of these little thugs!
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
They are really vicious. They come out and actively defend their nest. They even walk a big circle and come in from behind. We've stood and watched them - just before we've pulverized them with the heel of a boot.
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@Ronrybs (7496)
• London, England
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv A bit of sympathy for the ant, from here, they are only doing their job!
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
@Ronrybs They seem to think their job is to exterminate me! I think you need to pick whose side you are on Mr Rybs. ()
@Nawsheen (22958)
• Mauritius
6 Mar 17
I hope that your toe gets better. Your guests have for sure appreciated the nice desserts that you prepared i guess. Haha
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
Yes thanks. I had some nice compliments on the upside-down cake. My toe isn't quite better yet.
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@Nawsheen (22958)
• Mauritius
7 Mar 17
@JudyEv i hope that you get well soon. Take care
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@tzwrites (4954)
• Romania
7 Mar 17
I would still panic at seeing that spider in your photo even if it is harmless.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
He's only tiny. A weeny little thing.
@sueznewz2 (10143)
• Alicante, Spain
6 Mar 17
Your poor toe..., I hope the cream works for you...
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 17
It's not hurting now but the blisters are huge.