Crazy Ants Move Thru Texas!

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    Houston braces for invasion of 'Crazy Ants'



    The credibility of this article can neither be confirmed nor denied.
     
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    This kind of reminds me of the Siafu ants that move through the jungles. They have been known to kill humans! :eek:
     
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    I encountered fire ants once and you don't stick around...The pain is severe and you have to get away...FAST. No joke as ants are a very powerful collective ( the Borg?):)
     
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    Consider the article's information confirmed. These are also known as tawny crazy ants, and they have evolved a natural defense against fire ant venom.

    Also, crazy ant colonies have multiple queens that cooperate; if one queen dies, the workers simply move their primary allegiance to the nearest cooperating queen. Thus, all queens must be exterminated simultaneously.

    Phorid flies, introduced as a parasite species to control fire ant populations, are too species-specific and are useless against crazy ants.

    Having lived in Central Florida around fire ants (and having experienced their rather painful bite), I'm impressed that exterminators are more concerned about this species that can't harm humans directly.
     
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    Wow. Winter might suck here, but at least the bugs get frozen.
     
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    Ants don't, they just disappear for 4 months or so, but PA is probably too far North for the sensibilities of warm climate Ants. :p
     
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    I've read that these things can actually drive off colonies of fire ants.

    Think about that.

    Anybody who's ever had a run-in with fire ants should be quite impressed by that fact.
     
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    :eek: Ants are my favourite animals. I have been enthralled by them since I was small lad.
     
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    I like both as long as they are not in my house. If I see and am able to catch a spider, I usually toss it outside. Ants get sprayed. Every so often I find a lizard in the house and am especially gentle with them as I evict them. :)
     
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    large amounts of any insect isn't good. kill them.
     
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    They're probably saying the same thing about us! ;)
     
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