March 16, 2015 5:30 am -

florida_carpenter_ants08[su_r_sky_ad]Some news stories just make me itch all over. But enough about Jodi Ernst. Here’s a story of some swarming insects with a really bad attitude toward a well-maintained front yard:

Angry ants overwhelmed an elderly Florida man, but he had a crew of firefighters on his side.

Jack Hurdt, 81, was pressure washing his sidewalk when he stirred up a nest of the biting insects, according to a news report.

The little buggers nipped and chewed the senior, bringing him down before he could get inside.

“Went about 15 feet, pushed the doorbell — next thing I knew, I was on the ground,” Hurdt told WESH. “I was out.”

His wife found him unconscious on the doorstep and called for help. …

A crew from Brevard County Fire Rescue rushed to his aid, and then the do-gooders came back and finished pressure washing the walk while Hurdt was being treated at a hospital.

The stunned man and his wife came home to find a note waiting for them.

“Dear Mr. Hurdt and family. We finished pressure washing your front walk,” the letter said.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

11 responses to Florida Man Washes Sidewalk, Gets Attacked By Ants

  1. Larry Schmitt March 16th, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Since it was Florida, my first thought was that it was fire ants. They are all over the South, and are more aggressive than normal ants. Glad he’s okay, and good for the fire fighters.

    • dave-dr-gonzo March 16th, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Fire ant fighters!

    • Shades March 16th, 2015 at 9:46 am

      Somebody asked me once if I ever worried about snakes or gators here in FL. Nope, never give them a second thought. Fire ants!?! Those suckers are evil…and organized.

      • Larry Schmitt March 16th, 2015 at 9:59 am

        Much worse than the “killer bees” that didn’t match the scary stories. My sister used to live in South Carolina, and there were mounds all over the place.

  2. rg9rts March 16th, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Lucky to be alive

  3. Foundryman March 16th, 2015 at 10:27 am

    We just step on ’em up here in Ohio.

    • starskeptic March 16th, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Famous last words…

  4. FatRat March 16th, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Only thing Fire Ants are good for might be aluminium sculptures.

  5. amongoose March 16th, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    That is one species the planet could afford to lose.

  6. Boehner-Monkey March 16th, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    ~~but everyone knows an ant can’t move a senior citizen, but he’s got High Hopes, He’s got High Hopes~~

  7. bpollen March 17th, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Florida IS a stand-your-ground state, and the ants DID feel threatened…