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New research says Rasberry crazy ants are displacing established populations of fire ants all over the Gulf Coast

Aside from their nasty sting, fire ants are a relatively docile bunch. They'll leave you alone as long as you keep an eye out for their mounds. But a new, and possibly more treacherous threat is mounting in the form of invasive "crazy ants," which are beginning to displace fire ant populations from Texas all the way east to Florida, notes Douglas Main at LiveScience. Here's what you should know about America's newest pest menace:

Populations of the Rasberry crazy ant (Nylanderia fulva) originally started popping up in Houston back in 2002. Since then they've spread to all the states bordering the Gulf Coast. According to LiveScience's Main, the ants' "crazy" moniker was derived from their "quick, seemingly random movements." While the bugs do indeed sting, crazy ants' bites are less painful than those of fire ants. But that's not even the main problem...

Crazy ants, for reasons that are still unexplained, have a mysterious attraction to electrical equipment. They'll swarm a circuit and die of electrocution, giving off a chemical that, strangely, attracts more ants. The newly charred bodies pile up, causing the electronics to fizzle out shortly thereafter

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Funny this should be mentioned, we had something on tv 2 weeks ago or so about this. It made no mention of 'crazy ants' but said fire ants go for high voltage places and kill themselves, etc.

"They'll swarm a circuit and die of electrocution, giving off a chemical that, strangely, attracts more ants." it's known why they are attracted, because the other ants detect that they are under attack and swarm to that location to fight the invader, but being electricity they'll never win.

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Funny this should be mentioned, we had something on tv 2 weeks ago or so about this. It made no mention of 'crazy ants' but said fire ants go for high voltage places and kill themselves, etc.

"They'll swarm a circuit and die of electrocution, giving off a chemical that, strangely, attracts more ants." it's known why they are attracted, because the other ants detect that they are under attack and swarm to that location to fight the invader, but being electricity they'll never win.

Sounds like an awesome plot for Antz 2.

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have a mysterious attraction to electrical equipment ...

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Exterminator Mike Matthews got the call because the home's air-conditioning unit had short-circuited. Why an exterminator for a problem with an appliance? Because of the crazy ants.

Matthews has seen crazy ants disable scores of air-conditioning units near Austin, Texas, where the invasive creatures have been a real headache. The ants swarm inside the units, causing them to short-circuit and preventing them from turning on. Often the switches inside them need to be replaced, thanks to the ants, said Matthews, who works for the Austin-area pest control business The Bug Master.

"When you open these things up, you see thousands of the ants, just completely filling them up," Matthews said.

The ants first appeared in the United States in 2002 but have become more of a menace in the past few years, spreading to many areas of the Gulf Coast, particularly Texas and Florida. The ants are obnoxious because they reproduce in large numbers, sometimes outnumbering all other ants 100-to-1.

One reason is that crazy ants are always looking for cavities to nest in

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Merged threads.

 

Crazy ants be crazy.

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remind me of this 

 

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I wonder how you can kill off the ants, on a large scale ... set up high voltage boxes ?

 

Anteaters ?

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New minigame coming soon

All Ants Must Die!!!

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