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  • (heavy piano roll)

  • - I'm Coyote Peterson.

  • This is a mountain of fire ants.

  • I think we all know where this is headed.

  • Oh boy, here we go.

  • Holy Cow, that's a lot of stings already.

  • (groans)

  • (fast percussive music)

  • (sighs)

  • All right, guys.

  • So when I was in Arizona

  • you saw me put my hands into a mound

  • of harvester ants, a species that both bites

  • and stings.

  • I lasted 60 seconds and took a lot of venom.

  • (squeals in pain)

  • Yeah, got stung already.

  • (squeals in pain)

  • They're all over my hands now, look at that.

  • Today I'm in South Florida and right in front of me

  • is a giant mound of fire ants.

  • I'm sure you're looking

  • at this pile of dirt thinking to yourselves

  • is that really an ant hill?

  • Looks like no one's home.

  • I promise you, there are thousands of these

  • fiery little ants beneath the surface.

  • And the second that my hands disturb this dirt

  • I'm going to be swarmed by these ornery little insects.

  • Am I excited about this?

  • Not really.

  • Am I curious about what's going to happen?

  • Of course, and I know you guys are too.

  • I think at this point I am ready to enter

  • the strike zone with the fire ant.

  • The red imported fire ant is native to South America.

  • Yet they have established populations in several places

  • across the United States, including Florida.

  • What makes these insects so dangerous is that their mounds

  • camouflage into the environment,

  • resembling nothing more than a pile of dirt.

  • Stumble into one, and before you even realize

  • what you have done, you are caught in the swarm.

  • Now just like the harvester ant, the fire ant

  • can bite and it can also sting.

  • And they say that the sting of a fire ant

  • feels like putting your hands into a ring of fire.

  • Now before I actually go through with this,

  • here's a little something we all should know.

  • The sting of this ant species possesses an alkaloid venom

  • known as Solenopsin, which exhibits

  • a potent necro-toxic reaction in any one who's stung.

  • This not only causes searing pain but also causes

  • the sting zones to swell and form unsightly white pustulates

  • in as little as 12 hours.

  • In short, this is one nasty sting,

  • and boy am I about to get my fair share of them.

  • You build yourself up for these moments,

  • and then you second guess yourself.

  • We've done a couple of practice dry runs at it

  • just as rehearsal as to where I'm going to put my hands.

  • When they go in there, I'm going to be able to do this

  • one time.

  • I'm going to try to keep my hands in there for 60 seconds.

  • My heart is racing right now.

  • Hopefully my body reacts okay to the venom.

  • I don't want to go into anaphylactic shock or anything.

  • I did okay wit the harvester ants, so I think

  • I'm going to be okay.

  • All right, here we go, ready.

  • Okay, go get in position, I'll be there in a second.

  • - [Voiceover] All right, man.

  • (Ominous music)

  • - Never, under any circumstances, try to replicate

  • what you are about to witness in this video.

  • I'm Coyote Peterson and I'm about to enter the strike zone

  • with a fire ant.

  • You guys ready?

  • Your shot good? - [Cameraman] Yup.

  • - One, two, three.

  • (light, percussive rattle)

  • Holy cow.

  • Ow, ow, ow, ooh!

  • (pained in and out breaths)

  • Holy cow, that's a lot of stings already.

  • (suppressed groan)

  • Okay, I'm going to have take my hands out

  • pretty quickly, guys.

  • (pained grunts)

  • So much worse than the harvester ants.

  • (pained groans)

  • - [Voiceover] 30 seconds

  • (heavy, fast breaths)

  • - I cant, I can't, I gotta stop.

  • I gotta stop, I gotta stop.

  • (Timer buzzes)

  • - [Voiceover] You all right?

  • How are you, tell me what you're feeling?

  • - A lot of pain.

  • They're still on me.

  • (pained groan)

  • My hands are on fire right now.

  • It is worse than the harvester ants.

  • There's no question about it.

  • (groans, breathes quickly)

  • - [Voiceover] What's going through your mind right now?

  • - My hands feel like they're swelling right now.

  • I feel like I'm still getting stung.

  • (light groan)

  • Be one with the pain.

  • Be one with the pain.

  • Look at my veins are all swelling up.

  • When a mound of fire ants is disturbed,

  • thousands of them instantly swarm the invader.

  • (groans)

  • The attack comes from all sides.

  • And as the ants bite and hold down with their mandibles

  • they use a stinger in their abdomen to inject the venom.

  • (deep groan)

  • I was hoping to last 60 seconds.

  • However, my pain tolerance finally gave out,

  • as my brain was screaming, "Get your hands

  • out of that ant mound."

  • All right, so, it's been about five minutes

  • since I had my hands in the ant mound.

  • As you can see, they're starting to swell up.

  • There's a bunch of little white lumps all over them.

  • It's actually not too bad at this point.

  • It hurts less than it does itch.

  • I really want to itch my hands right now,

  • and I know that i shouldn't, because

  • if I do it's only going to make it worse.

  • Now, if you want to know the answer

  • of which is worse, the harvester ant

  • or the fire ant, I think the pain was worse

  • with the harvester ant, but obviously the swarm

  • was more impressive with the fire ant.

  • This is much worse than the harvester ants.

  • (groans)

  • The moment those ants were covering my hands,

  • I was immediately getting stung

  • over and over and over again, and it did feel

  • like putting my hands into a ring of fire.

  • Here we come. (groans)

  • I think no matter what, at the end of the day

  • the lesson we're all taking away from this

  • is that if you're out in nature, and you're exploring,

  • always do your best to avoid any and all ant mounds.

  • I'm Coyote Peterson, be brave, stay wild.

  • We'll see you on the next adventure.

  • In total I sustained over 300 stings

  • and for over a week I suffered through

  • incredible discomfort, which included

  • flashes of pain, and continuous itching.

  • It took over 30 days for the pustulates

  • to completely diminish, and they

  • left behind a trail of scars, that today serve

  • as a constant reminder of why you never

  • want to tangle with fire ants.

  • Nearly all the ant attacks on humans happen by accident.

  • Pay attention to where you step or sit,

  • and you hopefully will not end up looking like me.

  • Do you know the simplest remedy for neutralizing

  • ant stings in the field?

  • If not, make sure to click Watch Next

  • for when totally gross Behind the Adventure.

  • And don't forget, subscribe to join me and the crew

  • on this season of Breaking Trail.

  • (light, playful music)

  • Well, I think it's safe to say that I'm done

  • with ants for a while.

  • (wild animal sounds)

(heavy piano roll)

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