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'Crazy' ants driving out fire ants

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 10:41 PM

Invasive fire ants have been a thorn in the sides of Southerners for years. But another invasive species, the so-called "crazy" ant — which many describe as being worse — has arrived and is displacing fire ants in several places.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:32 PM

Just lovely :no: . The only thing I have FINALLY found to take fire ants out is diatomaceous earth. I hope these stay away from my yard, lol.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:40 PM

Invading your home, getting inside appliances and messing them up.  Think I would prefer the fire ant at least they will stay outside.


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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:50 PM

boy am I glad to live in a country where the only perils we face are rampaging hordes of knife-wielding teenagers!!
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Posted 19 May 2013 - 02:01 PM

Ant wars are the coolest thing to watch. Just so you know.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 06:21 PM

Sounds like somebody need to take their medication.


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 07:04 PM

I've known a few people with crazy aunts, does that count?

But seriously, I live where fire ant nests pop up like Dollar General Stores, you have to be aware of the mounds, they like to make them in parking islands of shopping centers. One disturbance and you can have thousands crawl up your leg. You have only seconds to get them off before they start stinging and if they do sting you, you get a nasty welt that itches like mad. Then there are those with allergies to the venom, never a good thing.

Have not seen the crazy ants but it's probably a matter of time, animals are notorious hitchhikers, so it's just a matter of time.


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 09:29 PM

I enjoy the local ants I have. The big black variety that are very mellow, calm(I had a friend who would put his hand in their marching highways and they would just go over him ignoring it) and a diet that consists mainly on plant matter. They spend all day harvesting the dead foxtails and only hunt insects that are in the way.

The big red ones are a bit more violent, but uncommon.


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 10:28 PM

View PostLady Shade, on 18 May 2013 - 11:32 PM, said:

Just lovely :no: . The only thing I have FINALLY found to take fire ants out is diatomaceous earth. I hope these stay away from my yard, lol.

I always keep some handy in the house...  won't harm the pets if they should get into it.  But I found it doesn't work on all bugs.  Just ants... maybe because they're so fastidious?

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 10:33 PM

View Postancient astronaut, on 19 May 2013 - 06:21 PM, said:

Sounds like somebody need to take their medication.


lol  they sound like they've been smoking crystal meth and are tweaking.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 10:55 PM

damn that's intense lol i go for the fire ants in that case anyday.its a battle turf war lol civil war people lol


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 11:01 PM

Sounds like a case of becareful what you ask for.


Meantime in europe, an american species is taking over.  From what I understand the ants count all of their species in europe as coming from the same mound.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 11:11 PM

I hope we don't manage to import them here like we seem to do whith every other pest


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 11:20 PM

View Postdibatag, on 19 May 2013 - 11:11 PM, said:

I hope we don't manage to import them here like we seem to do whith every other pest

You guys already have a worse specious from what I understand.  The jumping ant, sends everyone to the hospital they sting.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 11:27 PM

Learn to adapt. They vastly outnumber us ... thousands per square meter on average. Insects will probably still be here long after us unless, of course, we adapt to eating them.





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