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Fire Ants

Usually, the painful sting of a fire ant, which feels like a lit match being pressed into your skin, won't kill you. But according to the Mississippi State Extension Service, every year there are a number of fatalities resulting from fire-ant stings, due to either an allergic reactions to the ants' venom or a high number of stings to those whose mobility is limited, such as the elderly or infirm. 

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