How to treat fire ant bites in Horses?
Fire ants are mostly found in states from N. Carolina, west to Texas, and south of those states. Unlike many other ants, which bite and then spray acid on the wound, fire ants bite only to get a grip and then sting (from the abdomen) and inject a toxic alkaloid venom called Solenopsin. The sting delivered by Fire ants is painful, it's a sensation similar to what one feels when burned by fire (hence the name). The after effects of the sting include intense pain, pruritis (itching), and erythema (redness of the skin produced by congestion of the capillaries). Stings usually develop into pustules within 12 to 24 hours. Banixx may be applied immediately to soothe the tissue and ward off infection. In severe cases, veterinary intervention may be needed where steroids, antihistamines or anti-inflammatory drugs may be required.
- to apply Banixx, spray the fire ant bite area liberally and pat it gently into the skin. Initially, do this several times a day if possible. Banixx assists your horse in sloughing off the scabby infected tissue, so resist the urge to pick the scabs. They will slough off in due course and Banixx will help your horse feel immediate relief.
- Continue to use Banixx as needed.
Banixx is a benign, yet potent treatment against any fire ant attacks on your horse. During the first 3-4 days of fire ant bite treatment, you can dose more often if your schedule allows. You cannot overdose with Banixx and your horse will not develop any resistance to Banixx.