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Biting ants on the attack in Neptune Beach

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Updated: 10/15/2013 10:32 am
NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- Tiny bugs are creating big problems at the beaches.

Bob Bratkowski can't stand still without stomping every few seconds.

"They're painful when you stop to change your shoes at the beach," said Bratkowski.
The former Jaguars offensive coordinator tries to sidestep hundreds of them every time he takes out the trash.

"They're terrible, their bites are terrible and for animals and children, young children, it could be very bad for them."

Action News went to find out what the city is doing about its out-of-control ant problem.

The State's Department of Natural Resources recently allowed the city to spray chemicals at beach crosswalks -- where ants thrive after wet weather.

But Neptune Beach opted for granular ant baits. The bait is carried back to the ant colony, and ultimately fed to the queens. Once the queens die, the colony collapses.

The former Jaguars coach hopes the city's game plan works.

"Grandkids are coming to visit here shortly," said Bratkowski. "Going to have to keep an eye on them because if you get them somewhere, they'll have ants all over them."

Neptune Beach officials report the ant issue is also popping up in Atlantic Beach.
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