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Attack of the hairy crazy ants: The two-millimeter pests crawling through America
Daily Mail ^ | September 23, 2011 | Leon Watson

Posted on 09/25/2011 3:47:13 PM PDT by Daffynition

They are tiny, destructive and they bite - so whatever you do don't ant-agonise them.

A plague of pesky little alien invaders are causing mayhem as they spread across America

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: ants; nylanderiafulva
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1 posted on 09/25/2011 3:47:15 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition
We have those all over Pearland (1st city South of Houston). They cover the yard, and have no visible beds. You might not see them until you put your hand on the grass and suddenly have 50 of them on your wrist in 10 seconds. We pest-treated the house, and we sweep up 2 or 3 dustpans full of ant bodies in the house every day, and it doesn't seem to slow down their spread one bit. They're crazy pests, and terrible for the ecosystem, but in my experience they never bite people. We've been dealing with them for years, and it's generally understood that they aren't biters, and since they killed off the fire ants, ant bites seem to be down. I'd rather deal with fire ants rather than the Raspberry ants. FYI, Raspberry was the name of the exterminator in League City who first identified them as a unique species, and mailed samples to a lab at Texas A&M, who confirmed that they were preiously unidentified.

- Joel, Pearland Texas, 25/9/2011 21:34

2 posted on 09/25/2011 3:50:32 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: Daffynition
See HG Wells' story "The empire of the ants" written in 1905.

- Mike A, Channel Islands, 24/9/2011 09:01

3 posted on 09/25/2011 3:51:22 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: sinanju

They kill fire ants?


4 posted on 09/25/2011 3:53:19 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: sinanju
Would becoming an anteater breeder be a good business to go into? I wonder what kind of pets anteaters make....


5 posted on 09/25/2011 3:54:21 PM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: Daffynition

I wanna see the hairy crazy ants and the killer bees in a cage match.


6 posted on 09/25/2011 3:57:40 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: Daffynition

They don’t bite people or large animals, but they overpopulate so intensely that it is truly amazing. They also do not make or follow distinctive trails, which is why they are called “crazy ants.”

They have multiple queens in their nests, to breed that much, and can even overwhelm fire ants by sheer number. Dogs quickly learn they cannot go into a yard without being completely covered by them.

Other than being so huge in number, they also consume plants, and at a huge clip.

Obviously, pesticide will not solve this problem. This has to be solved with biological attack, either bacteria or viruses. But even this is made difficult because their nests are not easy to locate.

For example, a means of attacking fire ants is to set out a jar with some honey in it. Then when it is swarmed, pour water in the jar do drown the ants, and seal it, putting it in a warm, dark place until it grows mold. Then it is poured on the fire ant nest, and can wipe out several colonies in an area through disease.


7 posted on 09/25/2011 4:00:00 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Daffynition
Problem solved.


8 posted on 09/25/2011 4:00:11 PM PDT by NakedRampage (Fortis cadere, cedere non potest (A brave man may fall, but he cannot yield))
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To: Daffynition
Problem solved.


9 posted on 09/25/2011 4:00:15 PM PDT by NakedRampage (Fortis cadere, cedere non potest (A brave man may fall, but he cannot yield))
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To: Daffynition

10 posted on 09/25/2011 4:06:27 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2703506/posts?page=518#518)
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To: Daffynition

“THEM!!!”


11 posted on 09/25/2011 4:10:01 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Yer it!")
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To: Daffynition

When I read the headline I thought this was a story about Liberal Democrats ...


12 posted on 09/25/2011 4:11:01 PM PDT by webschooner (Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure - Robert LeFevre)
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To: webschooner
“Hairy Crazy Ant Pelosi?”
13 posted on 09/25/2011 4:14:53 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Yer it!")
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14 posted on 09/25/2011 4:15:06 PM PDT by ToxicMich (PLEASE LEAVE THIS SPACE BLANK)
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To: Daffynition

"..had to bring up the scratchy itchy stuff, now I'm gonna be up all night"

15 posted on 09/25/2011 4:15:15 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Daffynition

Would it help to nuke Texas and the Gulf Coast, or would that just drive them further north?


16 posted on 09/25/2011 4:16:58 PM PDT by sphinx
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To: NakedRampage
It's Texas: The antennae! Shoot the antennae! first, then bring in the critters.
17 posted on 09/25/2011 4:25:38 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Daffynition

Boric Acid. Lots and lots of boric acid.


18 posted on 09/25/2011 4:27:34 PM PDT by SkyDancer (A critic is like a legless man who teaches running.)
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To: Daffynition

Anteater - the original ZOT!

19 posted on 09/25/2011 4:35:02 PM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: SkyDancer

I thought I read somewhere that these ants devour liberals.


20 posted on 09/25/2011 4:38:02 PM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: donhunt

Leave them alone ... leave them alone.


21 posted on 09/25/2011 4:41:39 PM PDT by SkyDancer (A critic is like a legless man who teaches running.)
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To: Daffynition

22 posted on 09/25/2011 4:42:38 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: ToxicMich; SeaDragon
That movie freaked me out!

SD, obligatory Phase IV ping.

23 posted on 09/25/2011 4:43:47 PM PDT by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Sounds dreadful. Anyone loving the outdoors must be very disheartened with these pests.


24 posted on 09/25/2011 4:45:44 PM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: Daffynition

Just buy dish soap and spray it all over your yard. The soap kills them instantly and they won’t stay where the soap is.


25 posted on 09/25/2011 4:48:02 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Uhhhh!)
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To: Daffynition

Last summer we had a bad case of carpenter ants...they scared the hell outta me cause I had never seen black ants that huge. We usually have small red ants and that’s it. But these suckers were HUGH they skeered me. They were hard to get rid of, they usually enter the home be eating their way through the wood. We solved the problem by removing any accumulation of water or leaks near our house. They are nasty boogers though.


26 posted on 09/25/2011 4:48:27 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: Daffynition
Would becoming an anteater breeder be a good business to go into? I wonder what kind of pets anteaters make....

Might be better to rent them out than to sell them as pets. Otherwise they might starve when their work was done.

27 posted on 09/25/2011 4:52:53 PM PDT by wideminded
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28 posted on 09/25/2011 5:01:00 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Daffynition
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I for one, welcome our new insect overlords.

29 posted on 09/25/2011 5:05:23 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: US_MilitaryRules

Orange oil usually works very well - kills ants and keeps them away and it’s not toxic.


30 posted on 09/25/2011 5:06:56 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: RikaStrom
“That movie freaked me out!”

The music is what stayed with me for a very long time. I just listened to it on Youtube and that “freaky” feeling came back quickly... lol...

31 posted on 09/25/2011 5:07:31 PM PDT by ToxicMich (PLEASE LEAVE THIS SPACE BLANK)
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To: Daffynition

These ants, like the fire ants, are attracted to electrical currents for unknown reasons. They wipe out a lot of electrical equipment.


32 posted on 09/25/2011 5:07:35 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I was reading some home-remedies on line...giving me the *willies.*


33 posted on 09/25/2011 5:08:48 PM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: NakedRampage
We're like-minded on the solution! Wanna start a *rent-an-anteater* franchise?


34 posted on 09/25/2011 5:13:21 PM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: Joe 6-pack
You can keep your LA-bugs, snakes 'n 'gators!


35 posted on 09/25/2011 5:16:25 PM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: Doogle

HEHE... just B4 dusk I was out cutting flowers in the garden to make an arrangement...the skeeters were so bad a swarm of them came into the house with me! **Itching!!!**


36 posted on 09/25/2011 5:19:46 PM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: Daffynition

Sure, if you’re willing to foot the massive tax on starting a business!


37 posted on 09/25/2011 5:20:32 PM PDT by NakedRampage (Fortis cadere, cedere non potest (A brave man may fall, but he cannot yield))
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To: sphinx

Sure. As long as it doesn’t harm my pink Gulf Shrimpies!


38 posted on 09/25/2011 5:23:00 PM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: US_MilitaryRules
Just buy dish soap and spray it all over your yard. The soap kills them instantly and they won’t stay where the soap is.

Does that work on ants too, or just liberals?

39 posted on 09/25/2011 5:28:39 PM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: SkyDancer
This stuff works like magic for the black ants that invade northern California. Just put two or three of these where the ants are getting into the house, and within six hours they're gone.

Terro Liquid Ant Baits

40 posted on 09/25/2011 5:31:47 PM PDT by giotto
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To: sinanju

I HATE ants! Give me napalm, kerosene, gasoline, grenades....whatever it takes to beat those suckers!Q


41 posted on 09/25/2011 5:33:30 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (ui)
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As long as it doesn’t harm my pink Gulf Shrimpies!

OK, I'll bite. What the heck is a Gulf Shrimpy?

42 posted on 09/25/2011 5:39:09 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (ui)
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To: Daffynition

Try diatomaceous earth. It kills most bugs.


43 posted on 09/25/2011 5:42:04 PM PDT by Lady Lucky
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To: giotto

Thing is that boric acid is cheaper and longer lasting esp. when dusted into crawl spaces. At home we’d look for their trail and lay a dust coating across it. Next hour or so they’re dragging their dead mates out and piling them up.


44 posted on 09/25/2011 5:44:30 PM PDT by SkyDancer (A critic is like a legless man who teaches running.)
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To: RoseofTexas

> Last summer we had a bad case of carpenter ants...

We used to have carpenter ants too. I tried for several years to get rid of them and finally spoke to someone at the Connell Cooperative.
What I learned was exactly opposite of whay I’d been taught before.
They never destroy undamaged wood (ternmites do that). Their food supply isn’t the wood; it’s the mold, mildew and dryrot fungus. The entomologist told me that if you look for the sawdust or you follow them back to the nest they will point out any wood in your house that is dry or wet rotted and needing replacement. We did that and found that the roof sheathing was full of rot and mildew. We replaced a dozen or so sheets of sheathing and haven’t seen an ant since. If you hose them down with insecticide you will kill them, but they’ll be back in a year or two.


45 posted on 09/25/2011 6:09:23 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (Defeat Obama. End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: Daffynition

Baking soda is good on some insects too. And then there’s beer. If you get a cockroach drunk he will lose his inhibitions and let you kill him. Pill bugs (which are actually not bugs but crustaceans) can’t handle beer. It should work on ants also.


46 posted on 09/25/2011 6:10:03 PM PDT by Lady Lucky
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To: Daffynition

Simple Green.


47 posted on 09/25/2011 6:18:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Wild caught, sweet, tender....the most delicious shrimp on the planet. After the BP spill, they were impossible to find around here.

We don't eat those awful tasting shrimp that are farm-raised in some backwater third world country.


48 posted on 09/25/2011 6:52:21 PM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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49 posted on 09/25/2011 6:56:33 PM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: Daffynition

Tapirs are nasty critters.

They have claws that would do a backhoe proud.


50 posted on 09/25/2011 7:00:57 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Sarah Palin - 2012 !)
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