As if the catastrophic floods in Houston haven’t done enough damage, people are now reporting large colonies of fire ants floating on the rising water.
These fire ants appear to have an outrageous survival mechanism. And, frankly, it’s unsettling.
Houston Chronicle reporter Mike Hixenbaugh tweeted a video of the red ants, infamous for their painful bites, on Sunday and said that they use the bodies of dead ants as a raft.
Apparently fire ants already have a slight resistance to water on their own, but nothing so strong as when they work together. Colonies will link together to be able to stay afloat even in the severe flooding Texas is experiencing.
People are thoroughly disturbed by what Mother Nature hath wrought.
What fresh hell is this— ((Jen Quist)) (@QuistJennifer) August 28, 2017
Had a golf ball size group wash up on my foot during flooding near Austin. Screamed like a b and ran home to a fistful of Benadryl.— eric westpheling (@ericwestpheling) August 28, 2017
Oh, look-it's all of my childhood nightmares wrapped into one video. Thanks, internets.— John Henderson (@4EmploymentLaw) August 27, 2017
I almost died from looking at this.— Mickey Fickey (@mrd125) August 27, 2017
Floating fire ants aren’t a particularly new phenomenon, but that doesn’t make it any less horrifying.
Have a little mercy, won’t you, Mother Nature?
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.