A fire ant attaches to a person by biting with its jaws. Then, pivoting its head, it stings from its belly in a circular pattern at multiple sites. A large skin reaction with swelling and redness that spreads away from the site of the bite or sting. It may be as large as swelling across two major joints, such as from the elbow to the shoulder. A skin infection can occur at the site of the bite or sting.
If you get a sting or bite from a spider, insect or bee, please be aware of how the area stings reacts to that bite. Also make note if you are feeling dizzy, light headed or have trouble swallowing or breathing. Immediately call your doctor or 911, time is of the essence!