I guess we can't feel so sorry for ourselves about our run-of-the-mill ants. They are nothing compared to these driver ants that my friend experienced while living in Liberia.
Anyway, we used to fight them with a blowtorch, literally. (Now I am not exaggerating for effect.) You can read about driver ants online, but when they would swarm we would know they were coming because all of the animals in the bush would run ahead of them. They literally kill everything in their path and have been known to kill a few drunk or unconscious people and babies . . . so I guess I shouldn't complain about Albany ants but they really get on my last nerve.