the texas ant plague!

one of the best news stories i’ve read in a while:

billions of “crazy rasberry ants” are fuckin’ shit up in texas.

here are some highlights:

The hairy, reddish-brown creatures are known as “crazy rasberry ants”—crazy, because they wander erratically instead of marching in regimented lines, and “rasberry” after Tom Rasberry, an exterminator who did battle against them early on.

“If you’ve seen a car racing, that’s how they are. They’re going fast, fast, fast. They’re crazy.”

they, like some other species of ants, are attracted to electrical equipment, for reasons that are not well understood by scientists.
They have ruined pumps at sewage pumping stations, fouled computers and at least one homeowner’s gas meter, and caused fire alarms to malfunction. They have been spotted at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and close to Hobby Airport, though they haven’t caused any major problems there yet.

It’s not enough just to kill the queen. Experts say each colony has multiple queens that have to be taken out.

They pile up the dead, sometimes using them as a bridge to cross safely over surfaces treated with pesticide.

this shit is EXCITING!!!

scott

5 responses to “the texas ant plague!

  1. nataliebeth

    first of all, great tags
    but what an awesome story bro!

  2. For some reason I have a fondness for ants and this only makes me like them more. I hope they start setting off more than fire alarms. Why not nukes? Keep it up, Crazy Rasberry Antz!

  3. yeah!
    these are the coolest guys!

  4. and they go FAST, FAST, FAST!

  5. time to call out the radioactive anteaters!

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