The horror: Fire ants spotted floating atop Carolina floodwaters

Atop the standard dangers of floodwaters - snakes, not being able to see any potential hazards, the force of rushing waters - North Carolina has given people another reason to avoid them: floating fire ant colonies.

A news crew out surveying damage in the Stantonsburg, North Carolina community spotted what can only be described as a horrifying sight: maybe a 3 foot-long colony of fire ants floating atop inches-deep floodwaters there. To survive the floods, colonies will emerge from the ground, form a ball and then float around on the water until they reach a dry area.

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