@NorthFLChick so sorry to hear of your well issues this morning! A bright spot - good thing it failed now rather than Thanksgiving or Christmas morning! I'm not sure how your holidays go, but I would have had a house full of people with no running water and a dinner to prepare. It would not have been a good situation! Hope you've got it all under control now, or on its way to being back up and running!
I had never heard about the connection between electrical elements and fire ants. I find the little buggers fascinating, but a bite ranks up there with poison ivy rash for me. I'm itchy for weeks after I'm bitten, so DH is perpetually treating mounds. We've found that the fire ants are much more prevalent on the surface if we have had a spell of rainy weather. If it has been dry for a long while they are virtually non-existent on the surface. DH says their underground networks range as far down as the water table, so they only surface when water is easily available there. I know water has an electrical charge - I wonder if there's a connection between their appearance around electrical elements and their search for water?