Ants swarm over Houston

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  1. Buzz Mills

    Buzz Mills New Member Forum Coordinators

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    Ants swarm over Houston area, fouling electronics

    DALLAS - In what sounds like a really low-budget horror film, voracious swarming ants that apparently arrived in Texas aboard a cargo ship are invading homes and yards across the Houston area, shorting out electrical boxes and messing up computers.

    The hairy, reddish-brown creatures are known as "crazy rasberry ants" — crazy, because they wander erratically instead of marching in regimented lines, and "rasberry" after Tom Rasberry, an exterminator who did battle against them early on. "They're itty-bitty things about the size of fleas, and they're just running everywhere," said Patsy Morphew of Pearland, who is constantly sweeping them off her patio and scooping them out of her pool by the cupful. "There's just thousands and thousands of them. If you've seen a car racing, that's how they are. They're going fast, fast, fast. They're crazy."

    The ants — formally known as "paratrenicha species near pubens" — have spread to five Houston-area counties since they were first spotted in Texas in 2002. The newly recognized species is believed to have arrived in a cargo shipment through the port of Houston. Scientists are not sure exactly where the ants came from, but their cousins, commonly called crazy ants, are found in the Southeast and the Caribbean. "At this point, it would be nearly impossible to eradicate the ant because it is so widely dispersed," said Roger Gold, a Texas A&M University entomologist.

    The good news? They eat fire ants, the stinging red terrors of Texas summers. But the ants also like to suck the sweet juices from plants, feed on such beneficial insects as ladybugs, and eat the hatchlings of a small, endangered type of grouse known as the Attwater prairie chicken. They also bite humans, though not with a stinger like fire ants.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080514/ap_on_re_us/texas_ants
     
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    California does have some advantages!
     
  4. Hopeful One

    Hopeful One Blessed are the cracked for they are the ones who

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    Gross! That gives me the creeps!
     
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    Yuk! Imagine if it would have been snakes.....:eek::chicken:
     
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    THEM!
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    At least they eat fire ants..
     
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    DALLAS - In what sounds like a really low-budget horror film, voracious swarming ants that apparently arrived in Texas aboard a cargo ship are invading homes and yards across the Houston area, shorting out electrical boxes and messing up computers.

    The hairy, reddish-brown creatures are known as "crazy rasberry ants" — crazy, because they wander erratically instead of marching in regimented lines, and "rasberry" after Tom Rasberry, an exterminator who did battle against them early on.

    "They're itty-bitty things about the size of fleas, and they're just running everywhere," said Patsy Morphew of Pearland, who is constantly sweeping them off her patio and scooping them out of her pool by the cupful.

    "There's just thousands and thousands of them. If you've seen a car racing, that's how they are. They're going fast, fast, fast. They're crazy."

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080514/ap_on_re_us/texas_ants;_ylt=AmjgP4YKxKZbWBN36vhrK0us0NUE
     
  9. SeriouslySearching

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    OMG! That would drive me insane!! Every spring, we get a few ants that trek into the house...just enough to call a trickle. My friend gave me some stuff that you put a couple of drops on a piece of cardboard and it takes care of the problem immediately! I will have to find out what that is called. Works great tho.
     
  10. curiositycat

    curiositycat The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule

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    I hate ants. We have a lot of these little black ants up in the mountains. What we do here is get adolphs meat tenderisor and sprinkle it on the countertops and around the baseboards. I am not sure how it works but it gets rid of them..and fast.
     
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    What a strange thing to happen. :waitasec:
    Two of my friends have a beach house on the NC coast.
    They've had problems with electrical things in the house all spring. They got a call from an electrician yesterday and he told them that the electrical box was full of either raspberry ants or flying bat ants.:confused:
    They had to get an exterminator to get the ants out of the house. Seems they really like living between the walls.
    Who'd a thought?
     
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    Maybe that's why my frickin' cable was out the other day!
     
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    Could be kato.
     

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