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'Crazy' ants driving out fire ants

Posted on Sunday, 19 May, 2013 | Comment icon 23 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Two different invasive species of ant have been battling for dominance in the Southern United States.

Fire ants have proven themselves a menace for years, with a highly painful bite these insects have swarmed in to many parts of the Southeast and driven out other native ant species. Now however an even more troublesome ant variety has appeared on the scene - the so-called 'crazy' ant. Hailing from Argentina and Brazil, these new invaders are proving to be far worse than the fire ants ever were.

While fire ants have a tendency to stay close to their mounds, crazy ants have no such instincts and instead end up going everywhere. The troublesome insects swarm in to people's houses, build nests in walls and climb inside enclosed spaces and electrical appliances. "When you talk to folks who live in the invaded areas, they tell you they want their fire ants back," said researcher Edward LeBrun.

"Invasive fire ants have been a thorn in the sides of Southerners for years."

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Comment icon #14 Posted by highdesert50 on 19 May, 2013, 23:27
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.
Comment icon #15 Posted by danielost on 19 May, 2013, 23:35
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. Animals have been eating them since they crawled out on land. They still rule the world.
Comment icon #16 Posted by pallidin on 20 May, 2013, 4:31
When I was a kid in Florida I was messing around with a fire ant mound. Bad mistake. They attack and hurt. Duh!!!!!!!! Never had an encounter with these so-called "crazy ants", that I know of.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Hawkin on 20 May, 2013, 6:05
If you can't Beat'em...Eat'em http://youtu.be/DaAj52hauow
Comment icon #18 Posted by pallidin on 20 May, 2013, 8:32
Roasted with a slather of chocolate? OK, that could work. Yuk.
Comment icon #19 Posted by QuiteContrary on 20 May, 2013, 10:55
These crazy ants are a potent problem with one entomologist's take I read calling them impossible to stop. They just climb over their dead comrades and continue on. They ruin pool motors, which has me worried. Take my toaster or even my A/C, do NOT take my pool. It's southernTexas for heat sake! I thought I found some in our backyard last summer, but we haven't suffered from them, so I'll have to learn to identify them better. We live where they were first discovered in the U.S. We don't mind our fire ants. As someone said, you just avoid their mounds and you're okay. But we don't have any chi... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by Hasina on 20 May, 2013, 18:28
Makes me more fond of the fire ants in my front yard. Y'all can stay as refugees now.
Comment icon #21 Posted by MysticStrummer on 20 May, 2013, 19:05
I may have some of these. When I make coffee I have to immediately unplug the coffee maker and move it when I'm done, otherwise ants show up out of nowhere and get all over it. Great. We may have created these ants ourselves with our insecticides, much like penicillin made different kinds of bugs evolve to be more resilient. Now these ants don't eat the same poisons as fire ants... or maybe they eat them and say "Yummm!" (in a tiny ant voice).
Comment icon #22 Posted by joc on 16 July, 2013, 2:23
I may have some of these. When I make coffee I have to immediately unplug the coffee maker and move it when I'm done, otherwise ants show up out of nowhere and get all over it. Great. We may have created these ants ourselves with our insecticides, much like penicillin made different kinds of bugs evolve to be more resilient. Now these ants don't eat the same poisons as fire ants... or maybe they eat them and say "Yummm!" (in a tiny ant voice). Interesting...the other day we had a cup of water on the night stand...there were all of these ants...in the water...it was one of those hard plastic cu... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by danielost on 16 July, 2013, 3:48
I may have some of these. When I make coffee I have to immediately unplug the coffee maker and move it when I'm done, otherwise ants show up out of nowhere and get all over it. Great. We may have created these ants ourselves with our insecticides, much like penicillin made different kinds of bugs evolve to be more resilient. Now these ants don't eat the same poisons as fire ants... or maybe they eat them and say "Yummm!" (in a tiny ant voice). The little tiny black ants are called suger ants they are harmless. Only the warriors can make you know they are there. We created the killer bees.


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