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2013-05-17 02:46:48 PM
 
2013-05-17 02:49:14 PM
Will brake cleaner kill them? It works well for the fire ants around here, but not quite as well as the gas and fire on the mound method.
 
2013-05-17 02:50:29 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com

If there's a naked chick walking around with the shades open, do not get into a masturbating bet.
 
2013-05-17 02:50:40 PM
 
2013-05-17 02:51:05 PM

blatz514: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 426x241]

If there's a naked chick walking around with the shades open, do not get into a masturbating bet.


Annnnd, wrong thread.
 
2013-05-17 02:52:02 PM

TheDirtyNacho: blatz514: What a crazy ant may look like...

[sas.guidespot.com image 290x387]


Are those her retirement beanie babies?


Don't get me going!  I was supposed to be a millionaire by now!!!
 
2013-05-17 02:55:46 PM
If we're lucky, we can train the damned Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs to eat them, or vice versa.

/ a man can dream, can't he?


Lt. Cheese Weasel :

4.bp.blogspot.com

Hai guyz, what's goin on in here?


I watched that again last night, so kick, replies...
 
2013-05-17 02:56:27 PM

halB: They're not that bad.  They're only slightly more noticeable than sugar ants.  They're called crazy because they travel in random brownian-motion like paths.  This means they wind up in random weird places.  But they don't bite.  I'd rather have them than fire ants.


I think the main issue with them is that they tend to invade buildings, and damage elecrical stuff.  That's a real problem.

It kinda makes me wonder though...  If they choose a totally different territory than fire ants, how are the fire ants being displaced?  Food competition?
 
2013-05-17 02:56:46 PM

musicmanboston: CSB Time:

When I was just a little recruit, I had an experience with fire ants on Parris Island during basic training. It was field week, and the training du jour was compass training. They drop you off out in the woods, give you a compass, a set of directions, and then you find your way out. So I'm about halfway through. I stop to take a bearing on the compass, and suddenly my legs are on fire. I'm standing in the middle of a fire ant bed. The little farkers had found the quickest route through my combat boots and camo pants. After quickly levitating myself away from the bed, I then proceeded to undress as rapidly as possible. Having grown up in Florida, I was no stranger to the pain being inflicted on me. Since there was no water nearby, I knew I had to beat the little farkers out of my clothes. Having spent about 10 minutes making sure I was now ant-free, I thought perhaps I should get moving, so I wouldn't fall too far behind. I didn't want to put my pants back on until I could thoroughly check them. So, carrying my pants in one hand and the compass in the other, I finished the course. I step out of the woods at the end right in front of my Senior Drill Instructor, wearing nothing but my skivvies. His eyes bugged out and I thought he was going pop a gasket. He yells, as only a Marine DI can yell, "Recruit Musicman, what in the holy name of Chesty Puller is your major malfunction?!?!" I looked him straight in the eye, and replied, "Fire Ants, Sir!" He put his face in his hands for moment, looked back up at me, having gotten his composure back, and with only half a smile, told me to go see the medic.

CSB Time over.


Best CSB in a long time.  Thanks for the laugh, amigo, and thanks for your service!
 
2013-05-17 02:57:37 PM
Those ants are crazy eddie.
 
2013-05-17 02:57:47 PM

musicmanboston: CSB Time:

When I was just a little recruit, I had an experience with fire ants on Parris Island during basic training. It was field week, and the training du jour was compass training. They drop you off out in the woods, give you a compass, a set of directions, and then you find your way out. So I'm about halfway through. I stop to take a bearing on the compass, and suddenly my legs are on fire. I'm standing in the middle of a fire ant bed. The little farkers had found the quickest route through my combat boots and camo pants. After quickly levitating myself away from the bed, I then proceeded to undress as rapidly as possible. Having grown up in Florida, I was no stranger to the pain being inflicted on me. Since there was no water nearby, I knew I had to beat the little farkers out of my clothes. Having spent about 10 minutes making sure I was now ant-free, I thought perhaps I should get moving, so I wouldn't fall too far behind. I didn't want to put my pants back on until I could thoroughly check them. So, carrying my pants in one hand and the compass in the other, I finished the course. I step out of the woods at the end right in front of my Senior Drill Instructor, wearing nothing but my skivvies. His eyes bugged out and I thought he was going pop a gasket. He yells, as only a Marine DI can yell, "Recruit Musicman, what in the holy name of Chesty Puller is your major malfunction?!?!" I looked him straight in the eye, and replied, "Fire Ants, Sir!" He put his face in his hands for moment, looked back up at me, having gotten his composure back, and with only half a smile, told me to go see the medic.

CSB Time over.


I was working the flightline in Louisiana at Fort Polk during a Joint Chiefs Exercise with 19,000 of my closest friends. I was finished loading a C-5 and I went over to the side of the flightline to get my backpack and grab some beef jerky I made. The area was lit with stadium lights and outside the work area it was pitch black. I stuck my arm in my backpack to get a bit and I GOT a BITE. I felt like there were hot needles poking me. I was all like WTF?!?!? And I yanked my arm out......"Weird"...... stuck my hand back in to get the baggie of meat and PRICKPRICKPRICKPRICK. WTFF!!!
I grab the bag and go out on to the flightline and there are FIRE ANTS all in my backpack and ALL in the food.
Fire Ants LOVE my beef jerky.
/CSB ... OUT
 
2013-05-17 03:02:12 PM
But enough about Texas Republicans...
 
2013-05-17 03:03:46 PM

aerojockey: Ant vs. Ahnt

http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_1.html


Interesting - has this been studied along ethnic lines?  The only people I've ever heard say "ahnt" are black people.  Is that just my experience?
 
2013-05-17 03:04:37 PM

SoupJohnB: musicmanboston: CSB Time:

When I was just a little recruit, .....

CSB Time over.

Best CSB in a long time.  Thanks for the laugh, amigo, and thanks for your service!


(tips hat)

ChipNASA:

And to top it off, no jerky. Bad ants.
 
2013-05-17 03:07:29 PM
Billy Mac, the long-time AG reporter at WOAI told me how he dealt with fire ants. He'd get a shovel and scoop up one mound and drop it onto another, then watch as they battled to the death.
 
2013-05-17 03:08:52 PM
starsmedia.ign.com
"Crazy drunk Driver ants."
 
2013-05-17 03:09:23 PM

Super Chronic: aerojockey: Ant vs. Ahnt

http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_1.html

Interesting - has this been studied along ethnic lines?  The only people I've ever heard say "ahnt" are black people.  Is that just my experience?


New England for the whites, it's more dispersed for the black community - I've seen it in the midwest and on the east coast.
 
2013-05-17 03:12:53 PM

bobthenewsman: Billy Mac, the long-time AG reporter at WOAI told me how he dealt with fire ants. He'd get a shovel and scoop up one mound and drop it onto another, then watch as they battled to the death.


That's brilliant, and I now have plans for next weekend.
 
2013-05-17 03:13:14 PM
The bad thing is the fire ants and crazy ants are driving the Harvester Ants to extinction. When i was a kid I used to see harvester ants all over Texas. In the last 11 years I've only seen 2 harvester ant mounds. The Horny Toads depend on them for food. So, that is bad. At the same time, I also got the hell bit and stung out of me by harvester ants, so them being gone is also good, but not for the horny toads. Come to think of it, i haven't seen a horny toad since i was a kid either.
 
2013-05-17 03:13:32 PM

FrancoFile: Super Chronic: aerojockey: Ant vs. Ahnt

http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_1.html

Interesting - has this been studied along ethnic lines?  The only people I've ever heard say "ahnt" are black people.  Is that just my experience?

New England for the whites, it's more dispersed for the black community - I've seen it in the midwest and on the east coast.


Auntie is common among english speaking (asian) Indians, FWIW, although I haven't noticed it as much among the English.

/crazy world
 
2013-05-17 03:13:36 PM
"Hmm, the humans are too widely dispersed now for any one plague or famine to do much damage. How can I really fark with those assholes? I know, I'll develop a pest that eats their consumer electronics."

Nature, you magnificent bastard.
 
2013-05-17 03:14:09 PM

musicmanboston: SoupJohnB: musicmanboston: CSB Time:

When I was just a little recruit, .....

CSB Time over.

Best CSB in a long time.  Thanks for the laugh, amigo, and thanks for your service!

(tips hat)

ChipNASA:

And to top it off, no jerky. Bad ants.


F$UCK ANTS!!! Yeah I I had to throw it all out. The were also all up in my walkman. (That tells you how long ago that was....1992 1993?? OPERATION ROVING SANDS JSC exercise. )
 
2013-05-17 03:15:16 PM

DubtodaIll: [img708.imageshack.us image 451x374]


I see your SimAnt and raise you Termite Toolbox.
 
2013-05-17 03:18:20 PM
On further reading, I see a bunch of dumbasses are poisoning harvester ant colonies thinking they're just real big fire ants. If you have a harvester ant colony in your yard let it be if you can. Just avoid walking into their area. Their sting is worse than a bee sting. They really really hurt.
 
2013-05-17 03:19:10 PM
Something just bit me on the arm and it's already swollen up to the size of a penny, but I'm sitting in an air conditioned hallway. (Waiting to talk to someone.) And now I'm all paranoid and looking for ants under the chair and people think I'm crazy.

THANKS INTERNET
 
2013-05-17 03:19:46 PM
I remember these things being in Houston when I lived there 10 years ago. They love being around electronics. One apartment had them real bad, they could get into anything....didn't matter how tight you screwed the peanut butter...found them in un-open pasta and rice bags...hated the farkers almost as much as mosquitoes. Had to put everything in the fridge till the complex bug bombed my whole building.

I remember once going to the grocery and leaving an open coke on my computer desk, and came back an hour later to see an entire army all over the can. I think a lot of people mistook them for sugar ants, but sugar ants are black and fat, these where small and tan. They didn't seem to bite though, so that was a plus.
 
2013-05-17 03:19:52 PM

Wadded Beef: [static.tvtropes.org image 300x205]


Took 14 posts, but Kent Brockman hailing our Ant Overlords did appear.
 
2013-05-17 03:20:17 PM

ChipNASA: musicmanboston: SoupJohnB: musicmanboston: CSB Time:

When I was just a little recruit, .....

CSB Time over.

Best CSB in a long time.  Thanks for the laugh, amigo, and thanks for your service!

(tips hat)

ChipNASA:

And to top it off, no jerky. Bad ants.

F$UCK ANTS!!! Yeah I I had to throw it all out. The were also all up in my walkman. (That tells you how long ago that was....1992 1993?? OPERATION ROVING SANDS JSC exercise. )


all that and a case of swamp nuts? Humidity down here can be god awful in the summer.
 
2013-05-17 03:21:14 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: jehovahs witness protection: My uncle got rid of my crazy aunt before she could do permanent damage.

Hahaha...NO. The correct pronunciation of "aunt" is "ahnt", so that joke does not work. But nice try.


You have enhauntsed our knowledge, good sir.
 
2013-05-17 03:25:09 PM
when fire ant mounds would start popping up at our property in east Texas, our dad would tell us to cruise around on the four wheelers and peel out on top of the mounds. Once that was done, we came back and got the fire ant poison and went back to all the mounds and poured on the poison. According to my dads logic, stirring the ants up would make them take poison faster. Not sure if if that did any good, but smart to combine something fun while getting some work/chores done.
 
2013-05-17 03:26:31 PM

muck4doo: On further reading, I see a bunch of dumbasses are poisoning harvester ant colonies thinking they're just real big fire ants. If you have a harvester ant colony in your yard let it be if you can. Just avoid walking into their area. Their sting is worse than a bee sting. They really really hurt.


Uh... that sounds like a pretty good reason to poison them, regardless of the species. Having accidentally stepped into a new fire ant mound exactly once in my life, I can tell you that the particular species of ants that blazed a trail of destruction from my sock-line to my crotch-line* was not a major consideration when I all but nuked the nest later that day.

Yeah, I know, live and let live, etc. But if it's okay to poison fire ants for stinging you I don't see why it matters if those fire ants are actually harvester ants.

* thank God I was wearing my extra-tighty-whities
 
2013-05-17 03:26:34 PM

musicmanboston: CSB Time:

When I was just a little recruit, I had an experience with fire ants on Parris Island during basic training. It was field week, and the training du jour was compass training. They drop you off out in the woods, give you a compass, a set of directions, and then you find your way out. So I'm about halfway through. I stop to take a bearing on the compass, and suddenly my legs are on fire. I'm standing in the middle of a fire ant bed. The little farkers had found the quickest route through my combat boots and camo pants. After quickly levitating myself away from the bed, I then proceeded to undress as rapidly as possible. Having grown up in Florida, I was no stranger to the pain being inflicted on me. Since there was no water nearby, I knew I had to beat the little farkers out of my clothes. Having spent about 10 minutes making sure I was now ant-free, I thought perhaps I should get moving, so I wouldn't fall too far behind. I didn't want to put my pants back on until I could thoroughly check them. So, carrying my pants in one hand and the compass in the other, I finished the course. I step out of the woods at the end right in front of my Senior Drill Instructor, wearing nothing but my skivvies. His eyes bugged out and I thought he was going pop a gasket. He yells, as only a Marine DI can yell, "Recruit Musicman, what in the holy name of Chesty Puller is your major malfunction?!?!" I looked him straight in the eye, and replied, "Fire Ants, Sir!" He put his face in his hands for moment, looked back up at me, having gotten his composure back, and with only half a smile, told me to go see the medic.

CSB Time over.


Good story.  Just about the only tactic that will work on a DI is look him right in the eye and explain yourself firmly.  You may still get smoked, but not as hard as for being wishy-washy or evasive.
 
2013-05-17 03:26:43 PM
www.arizonensis.org

/Harvester Ants. Please don't kill them.
//Hot like a Harvester Ant sting.
 
2013-05-17 03:26:44 PM
If any of you farkers ever decide to breed fire ants with crazy ants hoping to mutate fire ants from being the hideous stinging little farkers they are, or change roaming crazy ants into domestic dirt farmers and accidentally create a killer bee-like super crazy fire ant......I'm gonna hunt you down and beat the living stuffing out of ya.
 
2013-05-17 03:29:55 PM

semiotix: muck4doo: On further reading, I see a bunch of dumbasses are poisoning harvester ant colonies thinking they're just real big fire ants. If you have a harvester ant colony in your yard let it be if you can. Just avoid walking into their area. Their sting is worse than a bee sting. They really really hurt.

Uh... that sounds like a pretty good reason to poison them, regardless of the species. Having accidentally stepped into a new fire ant mound exactly once in my life, I can tell you that the particular species of ants that blazed a trail of destruction from my sock-line to my crotch-line* was not a major consideration when I all but nuked the nest later that day.

Yeah, I know, live and let live, etc. But if it's okay to poison fire ants for stinging you I don't see why it matters if those fire ants are actually harvester ants.

* thank God I was wearing my extra-tighty-whities


Fire ants are an invasive species and need to die where ever you find them. Harvester ants have a much more painful sting, but are native and part of the eco-system here. They also aren't as aggressive as fire ants. Horned Lizards depend on them as their main food source.
 
2013-05-17 03:31:48 PM

musicmanboston: CSB Time:

[Marine Core Story]

CSB Time over.


What is really awesome  about fire ants, is they don't sting right away. No sir. They move in, set up little ant camps, invite the folks over, and when the party is at full capacity, they chant "One.....Twoooooooo.....THREE!" and all start farking stinging at once. That's how you end up with an entire leg full of red swarming death instead of just one sting from the first ant to reach your ankle.
I grew up in Florida, so I know you pain. Also went to basic at Ft Jackson (otherwise know as 'fireant hill') Flutter kicks + fire ants = FFFFFUUUUUUU

/Not a fan of the flying farking cockroaches either, that dive bomb you in the face for turning on the lights. Or get back up after you stomp them like that roach in WALL-E
 
2013-05-17 03:32:34 PM

uncleacid: [upload.wikimedia.org image 720x480]


Ant? Bee? Aunt Bea!
 
2013-05-17 03:34:04 PM

MythDragon: musicmanboston: CSB Time:

[Marine Core Story]

CSB Time over.

What is really awesome  about fire ants, is they don't sting right away. No sir. They move in, set up little ant camps, invite the folks over, and when the party is at full capacity, they chant "One.....Twoooooooo.....THREE!" and all start farking stinging at once. That's how you end up with an entire leg full of red swarming death instead of just one sting from the first ant to reach your ankle.
I grew up in Florida, so I know you pain. Also went to basic at Ft Jackson (otherwise know as 'fireant hill') Flutter kicks + fire ants = FFFFFUUUUUUU

/Not a fan of the flying farking cockroaches either, that dive bomb you in the face for turning on the lights. Or get back up after you stomp them like that roach in WALL-E


LOL! June Bugs?
 
2013-05-17 03:34:16 PM

MythDragon: musicmanboston: CSB Time:

[Marine Core Story]

CSB Time over.

What is really awesome  about fire ants, is they don't sting right away. No sir. They move in, set up little ant camps, invite the folks over, and when the party is at full capacity, they chant "One.....Twoooooooo.....THREE!" and all start farking stinging at once. That's how you end up with an entire leg full of red swarming death instead of just one sting from the first ant to reach your ankle.
I grew up in Florida, so I know you pain. Also went to basic at Ft Jackson (otherwise know as 'fireant hill') Flutter kicks + fire ants = FFFFFUUUUUUU

/Not a fan of the flying farking cockroaches either, that dive bomb you in the face for turning on the lights. Or get back up after you stomp them like that roach in WALL-E


Funny you mention that; in Florida they like to call the flying roaches "palmetto bugs" in some type of attempt to trick you.  F off, they're still roaches.
 
2013-05-17 03:37:00 PM
June bugs have to be the stupidest species on earth. At least ants have a purpose and seem to know what they are doing. June bugs fly into everything with a stupidity that no other creature possesses.
 
2013-05-17 03:38:20 PM

ChipNASA: musicmanboston: SoupJohnB: musicmanboston: CSB Time:

When I was just a little recruit, .....

CSB Time over.

Best CSB in a long time.  Thanks for the laugh, amigo, and thanks for your service!

(tips hat)

ChipNASA:

And to top it off, no jerky. Bad ants.

F$UCK ANTS!!! Yeah I I had to throw it all out. The were also all up in my walkman. (That tells you how long ago that was....1992 1993?? OPERATION ROVING SANDS JSC exercise. )


Gives me an idea for a movie.  Ants stow away aboard a USAF C-130 until halfway across the Atlantic, then come out with a vengeance.  Until the loadmaster finally says he's sick of the (expletive deleted) ants on the (ditto) aircraft, then exacts his own vengeance.

/I promise to include at least a nod to Fark in the credits, if I can sell the script to a producer
 
2013-05-17 03:44:48 PM
I have a crazy aunt that when I was 12, she wanted to make me a man.  At 12, who am I to say no.  But she never got the chance, moved away and didn't come back to TX till I was 21.  By then, someone else did.
 
2013-05-17 03:46:33 PM

Mr. Titanium: happydude45: Yankees pronounce it "ahnt". Normal folks pronounce it as "ant"

I mostly heard "ahnt" from Virginians.  I have never heard it in the midwest.


I am a Virginian

You are correct
 
2013-05-17 03:52:02 PM
How do they know that soe of them aren't crazy uncles. Did they check the gender of all of them? I seriously doubt it.
 
2013-05-17 03:53:35 PM

Halstread: MythDragon: musicmanboston: CSB Time:
Funny you mention that; in Florida they like to call the flying roaches "palmetto bugs" in some type of attempt to trick you.  F off, they're still roaches.


Yea, some people in Houston say the same things. Only they would call it a "water bug", its just a less repugnant way of saying a roach I guess.
 
2013-05-17 03:55:29 PM

URAPNIS: B.L.Z. Bub: jehovahs witness protection: My uncle got rid of my crazy aunt before she could do permanent damage.

Hahaha...NO. The correct pronunciation of "aunt" is "ahnt", so that joke does not work. But nice try.

But for the rest of us who pronounce "aunt" as "ant", it's funny.


Growing up in Hawaii it was always Uncle this and Antie that so Ant stuck.

Aunt or Auntie sounds like an old queen.
 
2013-05-17 03:57:44 PM
static.tvtropes.org

Cerebral Knievel: Mr. Titanium: happydude45: Yankees pronounce it "ahnt". Normal folks pronounce it as "ant"

I mostly heard "ahnt" from Virginians.  I have never heard it in the midwest.

I am a Virginian

You are correct


I used to say "ant" but started using "ahnt" sometime in my teens. This site also says "ahnt" is mostly a NE thing (clicky):

qph.is.quoracdn.net
 
2013-05-17 03:59:34 PM
muck4doo
June bugs have to be the stupidest species on earth. At least ants have a purpose and seem to know what they are doing. June bugs fly into everything with a stupidity that no other creature possesses.


Hurt like hell on a motorcycle at 70 mph.
 
2013-05-17 04:02:44 PM
this sounds like a new twist on the 'hot vs crazy' dilemma
 
2013-05-17 04:08:04 PM

muck4doo: Fire ants are an invasive species and need to die where ever you find them. Harvester ants have a much more painful sting, but are native and part of the eco-system here. They also aren't as aggressive as fire ants. Horned Lizards depend on them as their main food source.


I get what you mean, although the consensus in eco-bio circles these days is that once an invasive species is past the point of eradication, you might as well start getting used to it. Fire ants at the very northern edge of their range are worth killing at whatever costs, but from the standpoint of Mother Nature, fire ants in Texas aren't really any more or less invasive than earthworms, or a few species that came over the Bering land bridge.

Tell you what, though, if I find harvester ants in my yard, instead of poisoning them, I'll let a few horned lizards loose. (And then Chinese needle snakes to kill the lizards, and then snake-eating gorillas, etc.)
 
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