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Hairy, crazy ants invade from Texas to Miss.
AP (via Yahoo) ^ | ANET McCONNAUGHEY

Posted on 10/02/2011 12:14:21 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It sounds like a horror movie: Biting ants invade by the millions. A camper's metal walls bulge from the pressure of ants nesting behind them. A circle of poison stops them for only a day, and then a fresh horde shows up, bringing babies. Stand in the yard, and in seconds ants cover your shoes. It's an extreme example of what can happen when the ants — which also can disable huge industrial plants — go unchecked. Controlling them can cost thousands of dollars. But the story is real, told by someone who's been studying ants for a decade.

"Months later, I could close my eyes and see them moving," said Joe MacGown, who curates the ant, mosquito and scarab collections at the Mississippi State Entomological Museum at Mississippi State University.

He's been back to check on the hairy crazy ants. They're still around. The occupant isn't.

The flea-sized critters are called crazy because each forager scrambles randomly at a speed that your average picnic ant, marching one by one, reaches only in video fast-forward. They're called hairy because of fuzz that, to the naked eye, makes their abdomens look less glossy than those of their slower, bigger cousins.

And they're on the move in Florida, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. In Texas, they've invaded homes and industrial complexes, urban areas and rural areas. They travel in cargo containers, hay bales, potted plants, motorcycles and moving vans. They overwhelm beehives — one Texas beekeeper was losing 100 a year in 2009. They short out industrial equipment.

If one gets electrocuted, its death releases a chemical cue to attack a threat to the colony, said Roger Gold, an entomology professor at Texas A&M.

"The other ants rush in. Before long, you have a ball of ants," he said.

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1 posted on 10/02/2011 12:14:24 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo

Um, you can keep ‘em.. we’ll stick with fire ants.


2 posted on 10/02/2011 12:18:10 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
That is one nasty looking fiendie! It's like he's staring straight into my soul!

LMAO!

8^D

3 posted on 10/02/2011 12:25:00 PM PDT by Gargantua (Sarah Palin's coming, and she's bringing "flyover country" with her!)
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To: Mmogamer

It’s my understanding they destroy fire ant colonies.


4 posted on 10/02/2011 12:25:47 PM PDT by GrootheWanderer
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To: Mr. Mojo

I have a crazy, hairy aunt. Dinna know she could still breed...


5 posted on 10/02/2011 12:26:25 PM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: Mr. Mojo

This sounds like the plot of a bad science fiction movie. I thought Fire Ants were bad enough. These seem even worse.


6 posted on 10/02/2011 12:38:49 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Mr. Mojo
Here's some still photos and video of the nasty little critters.

Hairy Crazy Ants
7 posted on 10/02/2011 12:46:33 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Mr. Mojo

“And they’re on the move in Florida, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana.”

How did they miss Alabama? Tough illegal immigration law? Crimson Tide?


8 posted on 10/02/2011 12:49:17 PM PDT by logitech
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To: 3Fingas
THEM!!!
9 posted on 10/02/2011 12:51:39 PM PDT by BigFinn (BigHat wisdom: Always drink upstream from the herd.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
Answering "Now Hiring" ad in Texas


10 posted on 10/02/2011 12:56:35 PM PDT by DainBramage
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To: BigFinn
Good flick:

11 posted on 10/02/2011 1:01:29 PM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: Mmogamer

a friend of mine was sitting near fire ants in austin, tx while his friend was working on his car engine.

moments later, our friend was completely undressed and screaming.


12 posted on 10/02/2011 1:01:57 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: DainBramage
Sweet! The Anteater meme.

bring it


13 posted on 10/02/2011 1:08:45 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: ken21

Need to round those ants up and ship them to the protests in NY, Boston, Chicago and wherever else the idiots are assembling. Maybe if they really have something to complain about they’ll get the heck out of the parks and off the streets. : )


14 posted on 10/02/2011 1:10:33 PM PDT by mia
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To: Mr. Mojo

What next?


15 posted on 10/02/2011 1:11:11 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Mmogamer

That’s not an Ant. THIS is an Ant!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyvR-lQwNzM&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL2D3FE528A08B65AE


16 posted on 10/02/2011 1:14:14 PM PDT by JNRoberts
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To: Mr. Mojo

17 posted on 10/02/2011 1:15:22 PM PDT by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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To: JNRoberts

I like the human face on that giant ant. LOL.


18 posted on 10/02/2011 1:32:04 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: 3Fingas

Yeah...it’s from my favorite all time episode of the old tv series...”The Outer Limits.”......the episode was called “The Zanti Misfits”...pretty funny ..scary back then. It’s on youtube....it’s funny when they try to communicate. Their voice and language is freaky. LOL! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqdW3smWmtA


19 posted on 10/02/2011 1:44:54 PM PDT by JNRoberts
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To: Cicero

What next?

Hairless Democrats??


20 posted on 10/02/2011 1:47:37 PM PDT by bikerman
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To: JNRoberts

So the human-faced ant people speak Italian? That’s what I thought. LOL.


21 posted on 10/02/2011 2:11:46 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Mr. Mojo
If one gets electrocuted, its death releases a chemical cue to attack a threat to the colony, said Roger Gold, an entomology professor at Texas A&M.

"The other ants rush in. Before long, you have a ball of ants," he said.

Am I missing something here? It sounds like a self-eliminating problem to me.

22 posted on 10/02/2011 2:12:45 PM PDT by Grut
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To: logitech
How did they miss Alabama?I thin the Mescans ate dem all.
23 posted on 10/02/2011 2:18:01 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: logitech
How did they miss Alabama?I thin the Mescans ate dem all.
24 posted on 10/02/2011 2:18:14 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: 3Fingas

>>>So the human-faced ant people speak Italian? That’s what I thought. LOL.>>>

LOL!


25 posted on 10/02/2011 2:28:56 PM PDT by JNRoberts
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To: Mr. Mojo

A face only a mother could love.

But how are they in combat against fire ants?


26 posted on 10/02/2011 2:42:53 PM PDT by bgill (There, happy now?)
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To: bigheadfred

I had a crazy, hairy uncle but he died when he ran over himself drunk on his paper route.


27 posted on 10/02/2011 2:52:25 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: JNRoberts

You made me watch that whole episode, you know.

Anyhow, aside from Brue Dern being eaten at the beginning of the show, my favorite part is whenever a bug gets killed it makes a high pitch squeal like, “Weeeeeeeh!”. Now, that’s pretty funny.


28 posted on 10/02/2011 2:52:36 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: FlyingEagle; Jim Robinson

Hi, FE. Thanks for the ping. I’m not replying. I’m in timeout.


29 posted on 10/02/2011 2:54:35 PM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: 3Fingas

Yeah. You’re comments are as funny as the episode itself. LOL! Thanks.


30 posted on 10/02/2011 2:57:54 PM PDT by JNRoberts
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To: bgill
I don’ think they fight with the fire ants as much as overwhelm them with their massive numbers.
31 posted on 10/02/2011 3:01:23 PM PDT by JPG (Palin '12)
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To: JPG

Kinda like the ChiComs.


32 posted on 10/02/2011 3:08:13 PM PDT by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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To: 3Fingas

“...A camper’s metal walls bulge from the pressure of ants nesting behind them. A circle of poison stops them for only a day, and then a fresh horde shows up, bringing babies.”

You could replace “ants” with “illegal aliens” and the story still makes sense.


33 posted on 10/02/2011 3:25:22 PM PDT by Ernie Kaputnik ((It's a mad, mad, mad world.))
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To: Ernie Kaputnik
You could replace “ants” with “illegal aliens” and the story still makes sense.

Thanks for the laugh! Tero is the best ant killer I've ever used.

34 posted on 10/02/2011 3:29:54 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: Mr. Mojo

https://www.earthworkshealth.com/


35 posted on 10/02/2011 3:38:57 PM PDT by anchorclankor (From the main part of Missouri)
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To: Mr. Mojo


36 posted on 10/02/2011 3:53:23 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: aimhigh
Tero?

Never heard of that before. Where can I buy it from?

Is it an effective repellent for illegal aliens, too? Maybe we should sprinkle it on the northern bank of the Rio Grande.

37 posted on 10/02/2011 4:08:01 PM PDT by Ernie Kaputnik ((It's a mad, mad, mad world.))
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To: Mmogamer

Borax (20 Mule Team) + powdered sugar + water, put in empty container lids and place where ever the ants are seen. Ants eat the sweet compound, take it back to nest and the whole nest is killed.

Sprinkle diatomaceous earth outdoors everywhere. Can be sprinkled indoors on ledges, carpets, behind appliances and furniture. It cuts the insects like powdered glass and they dehydrate. Harmless to humans and pets.

No poisons, no big $$$ exterminators. Nor can the insects develop a resistance to either one.


38 posted on 10/02/2011 6:04:51 PM PDT by hadit2here ("Most men would rather die than think. Many do." - Bertrand Russell)
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To: Mr. Mojo; Red_Devil 232; Diana in Wisconsin

So thats what those crazy ants in my back yard are, Crazy Ants!....I have had them for two summers now, and didnt know what to call them, so I just called them ‘ those crazy ants’.....

They run around like they were on speed and swarm all over your feet.

They dont seem to bother much, and they also seem to help pollinate my fruit and vegetables, though they are a nuisance when weeding and working in the garden.....

Could be a help against these damned fire ants!......


39 posted on 10/02/2011 6:54:47 PM PDT by Red Badger (We cannot defeat an enemy that the president and hence his administration cannot name.......)
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To: Red Badger

Have you noticed fewer fire ants around the past couple years?


40 posted on 10/02/2011 6:57:59 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo

In my back yard. Yes. I still have them in the front......


41 posted on 10/02/2011 7:05:58 PM PDT by Red Badger (We cannot defeat an enemy that the president and hence his administration cannot name.......)
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To: hadit2here

Have you used it on this type of ant?

I never heard of them but will save this info just in case.


42 posted on 10/02/2011 7:09:38 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Mears

I haven’t had these type of ants... but I used the borax/powdered sugar for some large black ants that I had for years. Cleared them up within weeks and haven’t had them come back for several years.

Doing a quick search for ‘diatomaceous earth borax crazy ants’ brings up numerous result pages, at least one of which lists “crazy ants” as being susceptible. I would think that if it works on other types of ants, that it should work on them.

I’ve kept an eye out for the black ants returning, but haven’t had to set out any borax-sugar for a couple of years- and no ants. And I live in the woods... really and literally in the woods, so much more susceptible to having ants around than any urban or suburban home.


43 posted on 10/02/2011 9:24:09 PM PDT by hadit2here ("Most men would rather die than think. Many do." - Bertrand Russell)
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