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Houston braces for invasion of 'Crazy Ants'
Fox News ^ | March 26, 2014 | Robert Gearty

Posted on 03/27/2014 6:43:30 AM PDT by listenhillary

This is one horror film plot that may be all too real: Billions of voracious ants are about to descend on the Houston area, destroying entire homes and anything else that gets in their way.

Rasberry Crazy Ants, even more destructive and mobile than their angry cousins, fire ants, are just weeks away from descending on the largest city in Texas. Since 2008, the ants, which entomologists believe came to Texas from South America aboard a cargo ship in the 1930s, have expanded their presence to 27 counties from just eight. Once in a home, they zero in on electrical systems, chewing through insulation and causing short circuits and general havoc.

“I’ve been in houses where every time you took a step you’d literally be stepping on thousands of ants with each step,” exterminator Tom Rasberry told FoxNews.com.

The hairy, reddish-brown ant is named after Rasberry because he was the first one to spot the insect in a Houston suburb in 2002. The ant, also known as the Tawny Crazy Ant, is even known to fight the fierce-stinging fire ant, another Texas scourge. Dormant until late April, Rasberry Crazy Ants thrive as temperatures heat up, prompting fears of a new advance in the coming weeks.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: ants; crazyants; globalwarmingscare; houston; humidity; immigration; imports; itssohot; nylanderiafulva; theweather
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1 posted on 03/27/2014 6:43:30 AM PDT by listenhillary
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To: listenhillary

Usually happens to us at Thanksgiving. Ba dum bump!


2 posted on 03/27/2014 6:45:02 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: listenhillary

I, for one, welcome our new overlords...................


3 posted on 03/27/2014 6:45:30 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: areukiddingme1

I’m the ‘crazy uncle’ in my family..............everyone else is a liberal..................


4 posted on 03/27/2014 6:46:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: listenhillary; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; GeronL
The quilt and flower expo must be in town again.


5 posted on 03/27/2014 6:46:23 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: listenhillary

open borders have consquences


6 posted on 03/27/2014 6:47:02 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: listenhillary

Are there any solutions to these effers?


7 posted on 03/27/2014 6:49:08 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: listenhillary

8 posted on 03/27/2014 6:49:19 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: a fool in paradise

Damn nice stogie.....................


9 posted on 03/27/2014 6:49:49 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Lazamataz

I have them. As long as they stay in the outside world, they aren’t any more of a nuisance than regular ants. Spray along foundations and entry ways seems to keep them out. AND they do drive out fire ants. Crazy ants bite but just like regular ants, not big pus bumps like fire ants................


10 posted on 03/27/2014 6:52:06 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: listenhillary
the ants, which entomologists believe came to Texas from South America aboard a cargo ship

Just destroying the homes that American ants won't.

11 posted on 03/27/2014 6:52:44 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Lazamataz

Burn your house down. Kidding.

I did have an ant infestation in a clock radio. They were just your normal ants. I just left it in the freezer for a few days.


12 posted on 03/27/2014 6:52:49 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: listenhillary
Straight out of fifties sci fi!


13 posted on 03/27/2014 6:53:20 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: listenhillary

I hate Michigan winters but I hate ants more........I think I’ll stay up here....


14 posted on 03/27/2014 6:54:15 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: listenhillary

Do they mean crazier than Sheila Jackson Lee? Man are we in trouble!!!


15 posted on 03/27/2014 6:54:35 AM PDT by jda ("Righteousness exalts a nation . . .")
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To: Red Badger

Are they good eatin’? When you take the bones out, is there any good meat on ‘em?


16 posted on 03/27/2014 6:55:28 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: listenhillary

Hmmm...long nasty winter...plague of ants...is Someone is trying to send us a message?


17 posted on 03/27/2014 6:56:25 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Lazamataz

“Are they good eatin’?”

STOP now! You know we will end up with a FR recipe for the darn things!! :)


18 posted on 03/27/2014 7:01:09 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: listenhillary
Myrex would have taken care of them. Thank you, EPA.
19 posted on 03/27/2014 7:02:00 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Lazamataz
>> Are there any solutions to these effers?<<

One word. Amdro.

20 posted on 03/27/2014 7:02:52 AM PDT by CynicalBear (For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ)
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To: listenhillary; Lazamataz

I put about 20 clock radios around the outside of my house. It keeps them from coming inside. Unfortunately, the neighbors keep calling the bomb squad.


21 posted on 03/27/2014 7:04:04 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: who knows what evil?

Hopefully we won’t see hordes of locusts.

I remember rerouting a trip out West when Utah was experiencing an plague of crickets. Might have been 2010. People were sliding off the road because when smashed, the masses of crushed crickets created a slick goo on the road.


22 posted on 03/27/2014 7:04:52 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: CynicalBear

Or trenches filled with burning oil. (”Leiningen Versus the Ants”)


23 posted on 03/27/2014 7:09:46 AM PDT by Sigurdrifta
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To: listenhillary

Great. Like the mosquitoes aren’t enough to deal with. Where can I buy a couple of aardvarks?


24 posted on 03/27/2014 7:13:22 AM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: listenhillary

25 posted on 03/27/2014 7:15:36 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Sigurdrifta

LOL I”ve tried the molten metal trick and about everything I’ve ever heard that might work. The only thing, and I mean the only thing, that I’ve found that eliminates them is a teaspoon or two of Amdro on the mound and the next day there is no activity.


26 posted on 03/27/2014 7:15:52 AM PDT by CynicalBear (For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ)
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To: momtothree

Heat up 1/4 cup of Peanut Oil in a wok. Add 3 cups of Crazy Ants, and stir until they stop squirming. Add 1/4 cup of Black Bean Garlic Sauce. Serve immediately! Enjoy!


27 posted on 03/27/2014 7:16:57 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

YOU didn’t fail me, DBP! I know... it tastes like chicken!


28 posted on 03/27/2014 7:18:15 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: a fool in paradise

George Burns in drag?


29 posted on 03/27/2014 7:21:43 AM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: listenhillary

Say what, sucka?

30 posted on 03/27/2014 7:22:46 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Rummyfan

RE “Them!”

One of my favorite sci-fi movies when I was a kid. Giant ants... James Whitmore with the Thompson... flamethrowers in the sewer tunnels. It had everything!!!

“The Deadly Mantis” was another favorite.

Great “monster” movies, as I used to call them....


31 posted on 03/27/2014 7:27:00 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Lazamataz

No, they run around like crazy, that’s why they call ‘em ‘Crazy Ants’. They run around in seemingly random circles like a bunch of cats..................


32 posted on 03/27/2014 7:30:11 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: vetvetdoug

DDT...............thank you Rachel Carson....................


33 posted on 03/27/2014 7:31:28 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Puppage

“Just destroying the homes that American ants won’t.”

Good one!


34 posted on 03/27/2014 7:33:36 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Lazamataz
” When you take the bones out, is there any good meat on ‘em?”

Being they have an exoskeleton that would be remove the shell and meat in them, meatsack. Like eating very small lobsters.

35 posted on 03/27/2014 7:35:33 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: All

put them in a taco and eat them. The Aztecs would eat ant eggs, called escamole, in tortillas. Never tried them, but who knows?? Might be a new hit. Louisiana is eating nutria’s...Texas...maybe crazy ants!

Oh yeah...don’t read the link and look at the pics if you have a queasy stomach...(might pertain to our current Administration)

http://www.businessinsider.com/list-of-edible-insects-2013-5?op=1


36 posted on 03/27/2014 7:39:03 AM PDT by I_Publius
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Crazy ants in Houston ping.


37 posted on 03/27/2014 7:39:55 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: momtothree; Lazamataz
STOP now! You know we will end up with a FR recipe for the darn things!!

I likes to marinate em... in Bourbon. Especially, Woodford Reserve. yum!

38 posted on 03/27/2014 7:41:33 AM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them!)
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To: Red Badger
No, they run around like crazy, that’s why they call ‘em ‘Crazy Ants’. They run around in seemingly random circles like a bunch of cats..................

Yea... they're DAMNED HARD to kill with a magnifying glass!

39 posted on 03/27/2014 7:43:19 AM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them!)
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To: Lazamataz
Are there any solutions to these effers?

I've had good results using products from this outfit. Generally anything you can buy in a Lowe's type store (like Amdro) is worthless. The ants ignore it. These guys solved my carpenter ant problem when nothing else I tried bothered the little bastards.

40 posted on 03/27/2014 7:43:49 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: listenhillary

Biological warfare against insects is both high and low tech.

The low tech part is bizarre, basically getting 500 gallons of a type of insect in a stainless steel vat, mashing them, then seeing is anything grows on the mash. If it can eat the mashed insects, it might be able to eat the living ones.

The home, low tech version, used against fire ants, is to get a quart glass jar, put some honey in it, and set it next to an anthill. When there are a bunch of ants in it, pour in some boiling water to kill them, seal the jar, and put it in a cool, dark place for a couple of weeks. Then, when a fungus or something grows on the water, pour the water over the nest. Typically it will wipe out both that nest, and several other nests within about 10 yards.

It will be a bit trickier with crazy ants, since they do not make obvious nests, just using small holes in the ground over their massive, underground nest. However, it would be worth it to try the same technique.


41 posted on 03/27/2014 7:47:55 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Worth a try.


42 posted on 03/27/2014 7:53:05 AM PDT by MrEdd (vHeck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: SomeCallMeTim
Gotta be more redneck..................
43 posted on 03/27/2014 7:57:25 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Lazamataz

I don’t know if it will work for these ants but a friend of mine leaves opened packages of artificial sweetener around and it kills fire ants that eat it.


44 posted on 03/27/2014 7:59:09 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Lazamataz

We used grits in SC on fire ants...pretty effective...cheap and worth a try...


45 posted on 03/27/2014 8:01:10 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: IMR 4350; Lazamataz

There is also a product called Terro, a borax powder mixed in a syrup that ants love...we used it to eliminate two nests that were under our foundation and coming into the house and it eliminated another that was coming in from the neighbor’s house.

http://www.terro.com/


46 posted on 03/27/2014 8:05:41 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: SZonian

great product.


47 posted on 03/27/2014 8:06:32 AM PDT by I_Publius
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
WHAT?! ..a wok dish w/o Curry & Ginger?
waiting for the obligatory pic(s).

48 posted on 03/27/2014 8:08:04 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: listenhillary
I did have an ant infestation in a clock radio.


49 posted on 03/27/2014 8:09:50 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: I_Publius

I won’t use anything else...

It is a bit problematic in a way though...the ants SWARM to the bait so you need to feed them extra to keep them from wandering away from your baited area...

Then after a couple of days...nothing...then a few days later another, slightly smaller swarm arrives (hatched eggs)....a few days later...nothing...then a few days later, another, even smaller swarm arrives and we repeat the cycle maybe one more time until NOTHING.


50 posted on 03/27/2014 8:10:52 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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