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(University of Texas)   Good News: Fire ants are being displaced. Bad News: By another invasive ant. Fark: Crazy ants   (utexas.edu) divider line 187
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2013-05-17 12:47:33 PM
My uncle got rid of my crazy aunt before she could do permanent damage.
 
2013-05-17 01:25:14 PM
img708.imageshack.us
 
2013-05-17 01:25:29 PM
I haven't clicked the link, but I'm really hoping this is about the zombie ants that the kids at UT were creating a few years ago.

*clicks link*
 
2013-05-17 01:26:06 PM
What a crazy ant may look like...

sas.guidespot.com
 
2013-05-17 01:27:14 PM

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

[sas.guidespot.com image 290x387]



Are those her retirement beanie babies?
 
2013-05-17 01:27:56 PM
And in the winter, the aardvarks freeze to death!
 
2013-05-17 01:28:41 PM
Well I for one welcome our new crazy ant overlords.
 
2013-05-17 01:29:48 PM
media.screened.com
 
2013-05-17 01:29:57 PM
" ANTS, ANTS, ANTS, I'VE GOT ANTS IN MY PANTS....LET'S DANCE!!"
 
2013-05-17 01:30:32 PM
The original:
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-17 01:30:59 PM
The crazy ants contain potassium benzoate.
 
2013-05-17 01:31:07 PM
asset0.itsnicethat.com

IT WAS A DOCUMENTARY
FILMED IN REAL TIME
 
2013-05-17 01:31:20 PM

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


man i love that game. still fun to play
 
2013-05-17 01:31:33 PM
static.tvtropes.org
 
2013-05-17 01:32:31 PM
Ophiocordyceps unilateralis --  mind control fungas


images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-05-17 01:32:57 PM
Crazy ants.

Crants.
 
2013-05-17 01:35:26 PM

Dimensio: Crazy ants.

Crants.


Thants.
 
2013-05-17 01:37:10 PM

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.
 
2013-05-17 01:37:56 PM

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

[sas.guidespot.com image 290x387]


Are those her retirement beanie babies?


I really do/did (she realized how dumb it looked) have an aunt that had a a ton of beanie babies in the back ledge of her car.
 
2013-05-17 01:39:36 PM
They prefer to be called, "Selectively Perceptive Ants."
 
2013-05-17 01:39:38 PM

I_ROUTE: The original:
[4.bp.blogspot.com image 314x328]


LEAVING SATISFIED
 
2013-05-17 01:40:13 PM
their spread can be limited if people are careful not to transport them inadvertently

Good luck with that. You're counting on large numbers of people to a) give a damn, b) not be jokers and do it intentionally, c) pay attention enough to even know, d) do all that in a concerted way. Good luck herding those cats.
 
2013-05-17 01:40:25 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 aunt serious, are you?
 
2013-05-17 01:40:37 PM

ChipNASA: " ANTS, ANTS, ANTS, I'VE GOT ANTS IN MY PANTS....LET'S DANCE!!"



The Itch.


www.ncscene.com
 
2013-05-17 01:41:19 PM
images.contentreserve.com
 
2013-05-17 01:41:34 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.


But for the rest of us who pronounce "aunt" as "ant", it's funny.
 
2013-05-17 01:41:49 PM
Paging H. Ross Perot to the thread.
 
2013-05-17 01:41:55 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-05-17 01:42:03 PM

tlchwi02: DubtodaIll: [img708.imageshack.us image 451x374]

man i love that game. still fun to play


what is it?
 
2013-05-17 01:44:37 PM

boarch: tlchwi02: DubtodaIll: [img708.imageshack.us image 451x374]

man i love that game. still fun to play

what is it?


That's not important right now
 
2013-05-17 01:44:43 PM
Maybe they should be declared as "illegal aliens" by Congress, subject to any current or potential immigration laws

/I know, I know; Get thee to the Politics Tab
 
2013-05-17 01:44:44 PM
I was once invaded by grumpy ants.
 
2013-05-17 01:45:37 PM
I swear I'm still scarred from reading Leiningen vs. the Ants in 7th grade.
 
2013-05-17 01:45:50 PM
But - does their bite hurt as badly as a fire ant's?
 
2013-05-17 01:47:05 PM
Cray Cray Ants
 
2013-05-17 01:47:35 PM

blatz514: boarch: tlchwi02: DubtodaIll: [img708.imageshack.us image 451x374]

man i love that game. still fun to play

what is it?

That's not important right now


You're just arguing simantics.
 
2013-05-17 01:48:13 PM
I had gone to the beach in Port Aransas, TX for a friend's wedding and had left my car parked at the hotel.
It was invaded by crazy ants. They got in through the wheel well after climbing up the front tire.
Took me 4-6 weeks to kill them all off.
 
2013-05-17 01:48:43 PM

Truther: But - does their bite hurt as badly as a fire ant's?


No. They don't bite, I promise.
 
2013-05-17 01:49:12 PM

gaslight: [images.contentreserve.com image 510x680]


Holy CRAP.  A Wodehouse novel I didn't know about.  I've read dozens, most of them so many times I know them by heart.

*dashing to amazon*
 
2013-05-17 01:50:17 PM
Yankees pronounce it "ahnt". Normal folks pronounce it as "ant"
 
2013-05-17 01:51:28 PM
Heh. The only ants crazier than fire ants are south american army ants, because fark you that's why!

(lives in florida. is entirely too familiar with fire ants. i say nuke them from orbit, just to be sure)
 
2013-05-17 01:52:04 PM
The ants are not attracted to ordinary ant baits, are not controlled by over-the-counter pesticides, and are harder to fully exterminate because their colonies have multiple queens.

si0.twimg.com
 
2013-05-17 01:52:15 PM
As long as they don't make a cell phone ring tone...
 
2013-05-17 01:52:27 PM

Truther: But - does their bite hurt as badly as a fire ant's?


They appear to be too small to bite people or sting them. However, they also apparently will invade the shiat out of your house, eat your electrical wiring, and swarm your kitchens and bathrooms to the point that you have sweep them up and dump them out with dustpans.

So, it's a choice between biting, stinging bastard ants that are relatively content to hang out in their "territory", or friendly non-biting ants that form a living, moving carpet in your house and sprinkle themselves in your food.
 
2013-05-17 01:53:00 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: blatz514: boarch: tlchwi02: DubtodaIll: [img708.imageshack.us image 451x374]

man i love that game. still fun to play

what is it?

That's not important right now

You're just arguing simantics.


Fantastic.
 
2013-05-17 01:53:12 PM
www.chikarapro.com
 
2013-05-17 01:53:35 PM

Maud Dib: I had gone to the beach in Port Aransas, TX for a friend's wedding and had left my car parked at the hotel.
It was invaded by crazy ants. They got in through the wheel well after climbing up the front tire.
Took me 4-6 weeks to kill them all off.


That's crazy! But not as crazy as the crazy deals we're offering at Crazy Eddie's Wheel Well Wholesalers! Right off Route 113!
 
2013-05-17 01:53:37 PM
Ants are bugs... I hate bugs! Bugs drive me crazy... Crazy? I was crazy once. They locked me in a room with padded walls. I died there, and they buried me in the ground, with bugs. Bugs? I hate bugs! Bugs drive me crazy... Crazy? I was crazy once. They locked me in a room with padded walls. I died there, and they buried me in the ground, with bugs. Bugs? I hate bugs! Bugs drive me crazy...

/repeat until cockpunched
 
2013-05-17 01:53:45 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 must be a blast at parties.

/ j/k
// you probably don't get invited to parties
/// still kidding
// buy three slashies, get the fourth for free!
 
2013-05-17 01:54:00 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: blatz514: boarch: tlchwi02: DubtodaIll: [img708.imageshack.us image 451x374]

man i love that game. still fun to play

what is it?

That's not important right now

You're just arguing simantics.


It's all part of being pedantic.
 
2013-05-17 01:55:19 PM

God Is My Co-Pirate: I swear I'm still scarred from reading Leiningen vs. the Ants in 7th grade.


Hey - me, too.  Had not thought about that story since the 7th grade.  Guessed I did a good job of repressing it.

/Army ants in South America, right?  Kept on coming, no matter what he tried?

//whimpers
 
2013-05-17 01:55:38 PM
I think I saw the Crazy Ants dance recently.
 
2013-05-17 01:55:45 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

No, wait:
upload.wikimedia.org upload.wikimedia.org upload.wikimedia.orgupload.wikimedia.org upload.wikimedia.orgupload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-05-17 01:57:16 PM
Release wave-after-wave of Chinese needle snakes. They'll take care of the problem.
 
2013-05-17 01:57:28 PM
I submitted this with a crazier headline.
 
2013-05-17 01:57:53 PM

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


Firstly, can't we all agree that there is more than one pronunciation of aunt? Secondly, I don't know where you got your information from. If you consider New Yorkers to be Yankees, I can assure you that I know plenty of Yankees that say aunt like ant. It's rare I hear it as ahnt.

/but, I digress, grumpily
 
2013-05-17 01:58:28 PM
www.cracked.com
Hai guyz!
 
2013-05-17 01:58:34 PM
THIS IS HOW YOU GET ANTS, PEOPLE!
 
2013-05-17 02:03:51 PM
My wife's crazy ant visited last week. What a pain in the ass!
 
2013-05-17 02:03:57 PM
Some one call the Pink Panther, stat!

/too obscure?
 
2013-05-17 02:04:24 PM
Time to release the reasonable ants.
 
2013-05-17 02:05:08 PM

SoupJohnB: Maybe they should be declared as "illegal aliens" by Congress, subject to any current or potential immigration laws

/I know, I know; Get thee to the Politics Tab


But then they would steal all the jobs and get free drivers licenses... lol

But seriously, I see this as a good thing because THEY DON'T BITE LIKE THE FIREANTS!!!

I HATE Fireant bites. Little bastards go everywhere too. They don't just stay "peacefully in the mound" like the article says... and there's an easy double entendre.
 
2013-05-17 02:05:40 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: You're just arguing simantics.


That was bad. But also good.
 
2013-05-17 02:08:07 PM

happydude45: Yankees pronounce it "ahnt".


Say what?  That's wrong.  I've lived in New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Washington and Oregon and it's been pronounced "ant" by everyone I've known in those places.
 
2013-05-17 02:08:10 PM

Uncle Tractor: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x149]

No, wait:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x149] [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x149] [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x149][upload.wikimedia.org image 220x149] [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x149][upload.wikimedia.org image 220x149]


"I need someone to look after my man-eating fireants once I'm gone."
 
2013-05-17 02:08:53 PM

ChipNASA: " ANTS, ANTS, ANTS, I'VE GOT ANTS IN MY PANTS....LET'S DANCE!!"


"Johnny can't sing, Jimmy can't dance! We're gonna put some ANTS IN THEIR PANTS!"

Honestly, I'd take crazy ants over fire ants any day. When I was 13, my mom dragged me off to Florida. One day, I'd found I stepped into an ant mound, but didn't worry about it, because I was accustomed to the sugar ants we got in Oregon. Moments later, it felt like someone had doused my leg in lighter fluid and set it aflame. I ran to the swimming pool and plunged my leg in to dislodge the fire ants. When I told my mom, she said "oh, sorry. I guess I forgot to tell you about them,"

/CSB
 
2013-05-17 02:08:57 PM

Kibbler: Uncle Tractor: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x149]

No, wait:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x149] [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x149] [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x149][upload.wikimedia.org image 220x149] [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x149][upload.wikimedia.org image 220x149]

"I need someone to look after my man-eating fireants once I'm gone."


Sigh.

"I need someone to look after my man-eating ant..."

Oh screw it.
 
2013-05-17 02:09:42 PM
As long as Siafu aren't coming here, I'm fine.
 
2013-05-17 02:11:10 PM
Great! When the virtualization of all our jobs by computers and the web means that all of the great corporations that used to employ tens of thousands of people are replaced by a dozen billionaires and a website, we can all make a precarious living as pest control officers.

There will always be work at the Post Office pest control company.

The McJob Makers in the One Percent may not be any use to humanity other than helping themselves, but our ant overlords will save us! Or maybe they will simply eat the billionaires who can't get anybody to de-bug their computers and their monster homes because we are all dead or unemployed or both.

I bet that when Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. wrote Player Piano about a dystopian future in which only bosses and their secretaries have any real meaningful work that hasn't be taken over by automation or expert software, that he never dreamed that the Ants will be our Saviours! (Vonnegut's brother worked as an engineer for IBM and was busy creating the world that his brother imagined.)

Them and a few tens of thousands of other species that we have inadvertently introduced to every continent and island in the world with the result that they have devastated natural ecosystems and set to work creating completely new and unnatural ecosystmes that may or may not include humans.

I am not scared by the myth of environmentalists and commies trying to destroy our beautiful capitalist economies, but I absolutely despise bedbugs and other pests, including Tories, Republicans, mosquitoes, midges, and other blood-sucking, disease-carrying monsters.

DDT was not good enough to destroy them, but this may be a good thing. We will have to do better and then do better again.

Welcome to the world of the Red Queen Ant, where you have to run as fast as you can just to stay in place, and much harder than that if you want to get anywhere. Also, where you can believe six impossible things before breakfast just for practice.

I'm sure the denialists will say that if we wait long enough and do nothing, all the ecological problems will solve themselves and every monster will be eaten by some other monster. But there's no guarantee that we will survive this any way you cut it. And each monster seems to be worse than the one it replaces. That too is Nature's Way.

On the other hand, we are experimenting every time we drive a car or fly in an airplane. To avoid spreading insects, you have to avoid automobiles and airplanes. You have to avoid moving from one apartment to another, carrying bags of groceries into your house without decontamination before opeing the airlock, and even walking.

In short, there is nothing the consumer can do to save the world. You can not save the world by shopping. You can not save the world by voting, even. The problems own the politicians, not vice versa.

And they say that humans can't affect the world? And they say that there's no point worrying about the environment or jobs or justice? They say what they please to get what they want, but in reality, the unintended consequences will kill them as surely as it kills the rest of us.

He who lives by the sword, shall die by the sword. Of such is the patience of the Saints.

Put on your running shoes. You have to get up to speed before the monster behind you catches you. That means running at least twice as hard as you can, and possibly exceeding the speed of light in a vacuum as you fire off all your guns and burst into space.

Still, I am an optimist and a liberal. I hope that while the world goes to Hell in a handcart that it will at least be an interesting ride. As Conservatives are wont to say, you are gonna get raped, so lie back and try to enjoy it. It makes it easier for the rapists that way. And the people who say this are the rapists, so it is important to them.
 
2013-05-17 02:11:30 PM
They are so crazy they might just work.

/...
 
2013-05-17 02:12:29 PM
So if I'm Joe Pest Control, I'm travelling to South America every few years to see what kind of superbugs I can release into my area of business.

Got it.
 
2013-05-17 02:13:45 PM
I keep thinking of the Tom and Jerry cartoon where the ants invade with  that catchy marching song when I'm reading this article.
 
2013-05-17 02:13:55 PM
resources2.news.com.au
 
2013-05-17 02:16:11 PM
More aliens coming acros the border?

Jeebus, Texas can't catch a break.
 
2013-05-17 02:19:27 PM
Come on, people, where's the empathy?

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2013-05-17 02:19:33 PM
Its pronounced awnt
 
2013-05-17 02:20:18 PM

Maud Dib: I had gone to the beach in Port Aransas, TX for a friend's wedding and had left my car parked at the hotel.
It was invaded by crazy ants. They got in through the wheel well after climbing up the front tire.
Took me 4-6 weeks to kill them all off.


What I've learned from this thread, demotivational-style:

TEXAS
Not Even Once.

/Just don't do it.
 
2013-05-17 02:21:20 PM
I don't mind fire ants. They hang out and do their thing, and they're relatively easy to kill when one of 'em bites a kid and it's time for the annual fire ant holocaust in the backyard.

Fire ants are much easier to deal with than wasps.
 
2013-05-17 02:22:09 PM
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.
 
2013-05-17 02:24:15 PM
Fallout_giant_ants.jpg
 
2013-05-17 02:24:32 PM
The worst thing about fire ants is their magical teamwork. You get a few on you and don't notice, they're all going to bite at once.

And DAMN does it hurt.
 
2013-05-17 02:26:25 PM

SoupJohnB: God Is My Co-Pirate: I swear I'm still scarred from reading Leiningen vs. the Ants in 7th grade.

Hey - me, too.  Had not thought about that story since the 7th grade.  Guessed I did a good job of repressing it.

/Army ants in South America, right?  Kept on coming, no matter what he tried?

//whimpers


Oh well have I got good news for you!  You can read it here: http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/lvta.html

Bonus: includes this quote:

One of the creatures bit him just below the rim of his goggles; he managed to tear it away, but the agony of the bite and its etching acid drilled into the eye nerves; he saw now through circles of fire into a milky mist, then he ran for a time almost blinded, knowing that if he once tripped and fell....

Sleep well!
 
2013-05-17 02:26:36 PM
images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-05-17 02:29:55 PM

Jacob_Roberson: their spread can be limited if people are careful not to transport them inadvertently

Good luck with that. You're counting on large numbers of people to a) give a damn, b) not be jokers and do it intentionally, c) pay attention enough to even know, d) do all that in a concerted way. Good luck herding those cats.


My thoughts exactly. We have to rely on the citizens of states with high redneck-to-non-redneck ratios to be ever-vigilant about not transporting them in their vehicles inadvertently... and their potted plants, and rusted swing sets, broken appliances and any other piece of junk that sits for years outside their mobile home until the cops bust their cousin's meth lab in their shed and they suddenly need to move to be near relatives in another state.

So yeah, basically these ants are guaranteed to spread and we better learn to deal with that.
 
2013-05-17 02:30:06 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com

Hai guyz, what's goin on in here?
 
IP
2013-05-17 02:30:25 PM

brantgoose: blah, blah, blah



Fantastic.
 
2013-05-17 02:30:27 PM

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.
 
2013-05-17 02:30:28 PM

Langdon Alger: I keep thinking of the Tom and Jerry cartoon where the ants invade with  that catchy marching song when I'm reading this article.


good one!

now i'm thinking of the Zanti misfits
 
2013-05-17 02:31:35 PM

tanman1975: Some one call the Pink Panther, stat!

/too obscure?


Dead ant, dead ant, dead ant dead ant dead ant dead ant DEAAAD ANNNT...
 
2013-05-17 02:31:53 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.


Oh you silly Brits and/or New Englanders and your ideas about the "English" language.
 
2013-05-17 02:32:14 PM

brantgoose: Welcome to the world of the Red Queen Ant, where you have to run as fast as you can just to stay in place, and much harder than that if you want to get anywhere.


i.imgur.com
 I love this post so much I read it again
 
2013-05-17 02:32:26 PM

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


Oh wow.  I loved that game.
 
2013-05-17 02:33:50 PM

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


If it's pronounced "ant", why in the hell are we wasting a perfectly good "u"?  Is the "u" silent or something?

/aunt
//like restaurant
 
2013-05-17 02:36:25 PM
csb: had a friend get hit by a flash flood near Houston while canoeing, as a teenager. He got dumped in the water and managed to hang on to the top of a tree at the surface. It was all he could do to hang on and keep his head above water.

And then a fire ant raft hit him. He still managed to hang on, but endured over 300 stings and had a pretty rough time with the allergic reaction following his rescue.
 
2013-05-17 02:37:27 PM
Crazy seems to be replacing everything in the South.
 
2013-05-17 02:37:34 PM

squibbits: SoupJohnB: Maybe they should be declared as "illegal aliens" by Congress, subject to any current or potential immigration laws

I HATE Fireant bites. Little bastards go everywhere too. They don't just stay "peacefully in the mound" like the article says... and there's an easy double entendre.


I planted my foot near a nest of them one night, when I went out to watch a lunar eclipse.  I was letting my eyes dark-adapt, so I didn't notice the mound.  I didn't feel just one sting to alert me - I felt a whole lot of them, at once.  They sent out a little tactical brigade with little walkie-talkies, or something.

"Everybody in position? Ok, on my count - 3,2,1"

//"GAAAH!!"
 
2013-05-17 02:37:42 PM
i500.listal.com

Important safety tip:  shooting ants with a gun is not very effective.
 
2013-05-17 02:42:34 PM
Nylanderia fulva?
www.mojo40.com
 
2013-05-17 02:45:12 PM
if we're posting old ant games...

i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-05-17 02:46:01 PM
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.
 
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.)
 
2013-05-17 04:11:26 PM
Lot of weird crazy angst in this thread.
 
2013-05-17 04:12:24 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.


ahnt?  there's no "H" in Aunt and you forgot the "U".

That's always sounded pretentious to me.  Sort of like William F. Buckley Jr. Then again I don't belong to the Yacht Club.
 
2013-05-17 04:17:40 PM

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

Ant? Bee? Aunt Bea!


I believe that's pronounced "Ain't Bea" in Mayberry
 
2013-05-17 04:18:07 PM
Break out the friggin flamethrower.

i2.ytimg.com
 
2013-05-17 04:34:35 PM

muck4doo: 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?



No. Not June Bugs
These farkers
www.bugs.com

Otherwise known as a Florida Woods Roach. They don't scurry when you turn on the light. They walk over and turn it back off.
 
2013-05-17 04:38:02 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.


Aunt Opespa Getty.

www.picturesof.net
 
2013-05-17 04:39:23 PM

semiotix: 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.)


I've been stung by bees, fire ants, harvester ants, and paper wasps in the past. The bees were because i was either messing with them as a kid, and learned my lesson, or like the last time got stung by a drowning bee in the swimming pool that was in a panic. Didn't even see the guy. The pain wasn't bad, the swelling bothered me more. I once got a bee in my mouth when i was a kid, so glad he didn't sting.

Fire ant stings don't hurt at all. They are more itchy. The bad thing is they gang fark you. Last time I got stung by them was washing my car, and felt the itchy burning sensation on my legs. Looked down to myself covered by those bastards. Like i said, really didn't hurt, but the next day my legs were covered with pustules.

Paper wasp. Stepped on one of those tards 2 years ago with my bare feet. Hurts like a son of a biatch. When I lifted my foot the thing flew off and didn't try to attack me more. They live on my porch still, but aren't aggressive. They go their merry way, I go mine.

Harvester Ants stings are very painful. However, they aren't pests if you know how to live with them. They don't invade homes, and won't kill your dog. They do like gardens though. The state of Texas is trying to educate people now on harvester ants, and how we can preserve this species. They are rapidly disappearing, and their loss benefits none of us. If you have harvester ants in your yard, don't panic and kill them. Learn more about them, and consider it a gift that you have them. Ant farms sold in the U.S. are almost always harvester ants. They are an interesting species. Just give them the respect they demand.
 
2013-05-17 04:41:01 PM

Cagey B: Truther: But - does their bite hurt as badly as a fire ant's?

They appear to be too small to bite people or sting them. However, they also apparently will invade the shiat out of your house, eat your electrical wiring, and swarm your kitchens and bathrooms to the point that you have sweep them up and dump them out with dustpans.

So, it's a choice between biting, stinging bastard ants that are relatively content to hang out in their "territory", or friendly non-biting ants that form a living, moving carpet in your house and sprinkle themselves in your food.


That is a choice I hope to never have to make.
 
2013-05-17 04:42:30 PM

MythDragon: muck4doo: 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?


No. Not June Bugs
These farkers
[www.bugs.com image 832x600]

Otherwise known as a Florida Woods Roach. They don't scurry when you turn on the light. They walk over and turn it back off.


Ooooh! No experience with those. Yeah, those are cockroaches.
 
2013-05-17 04:43:32 PM
Crazy Ant survival kit.

5 different pesticides
2 spray jugs
silver tape
more silver tape
cheap rootbeer
sugar, honey but not corn syrup
boric acid (not borax)
borax
instant chicken broth bottle
silver tape
foaming insulation
dip-grip rubberized coating (like used on pliers)
horticulture oil
coal shovel
large chunks drywall
baking soda and vinegar
funnels
spade
rake
pants
hat
thick gloves
non-ionic surfactant (very little)
*tiller (optional)


First off, crazy ants don't clean each other.  You gotta kill each and every last motherfarker one at a time.
This means you may have to go up to a mile from your home while moving some or all of this stuff with you.
Don't drink the rootbeer.  That's for the ants.

Baiting for the ants takes a cup of RB and a spoon of instant soup per gallon of pesticide mix.  Do NOT spray this where animals can get to it.
The tape is to exclude them from anywhere and anything you can.
The dip-grip is for same, you can paint it onto cloth and screens.  It makes the edge of a screen much stronger and tougher.

The Borax is for un-baiting an area. Simply mix with water and apply over top the bait.
The boric acid is for both killing the farkers AND for tracking.  Pint and Quart bottles avail.  It also does a solid clean-out of foot fungus.
The two spray jugs are so one is baited and the other isn't.

When they talk about trashcans full of dead ants, they are not kidding.
They will stink, give that a little borax dose as well.

Crazy ant lairs can be up to fifteen miles, you kill a queen's hive and the neighbors move back in.  We're talking nuclear warfare here.
Only things that stop them are solid rock and solid wet.  They will run power lines, conduit, drainage pipes and all.
 
2013-05-17 04:49:42 PM

prjindigo: Crazy Ant survival kit.

5 different pesticides
2 spray jugs
silver tape
more silver tape
cheap rootbeer
sugar, honey but not corn syrup
boric acid (not borax)
borax
instant chicken broth bottle
silver tape
foaming insulation
dip-grip rubberized coating (like used on pliers)
horticulture oil
coal shovel
large chunks drywall
baking soda and vinegar
funnels
spade
rake
pants
hat
thick gloves
non-ionic surfactant (very little)
*tiller (optional)
.


A fella could have a good time in Vegas with that.
 
2013-05-17 05:03:44 PM

ltdanman44: Ophiocordyceps unilateralis --  mind control fungas


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That stuff scares me. If something like that where to ever jump to humans....just the thought of seeing people crouched on top of telephone poles with spores growing out of their heads, and just looking at you with dead eyes, softly chanting "one of us. one of us. one of us." is -really- unnerving.

It's bad enough that about 1/3rd of the population is infected with Toxoplasmosis, which is said to cause behavioral changes.
 
2013-05-17 05:08:06 PM

MythDragon: ltdanman44: Ophiocordyceps unilateralis --  mind control fungas


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That stuff scares me. If something like that where to ever jump to humans....just the thought of seeing people crouched on top of telephone poles with spores growing out of their heads, and just looking at you with dead eyes, softly chanting "one of us. one of us. one of us." is -really- unnerving.

It's bad enough that about 1/3rd of the population is infected with Toxoplasmosis, which is said to cause behavioral changes.


Yep, good ol' toxy seems to influence risk taking behavior like not looking before crossing a street.  In rodents, it lessens the natural fear of predators like cats, so they get caught by the cat and the cat spreads the organism in its feces.  Amazing stuff.
 
2013-05-17 05:27:30 PM

semiotix: 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.)


Winter, freeze to death, etc.
 
2013-05-17 05:34:49 PM
21 counties in Texas, 20 counties in Florida, and a few sites in southern Mississippi and southern Louisiana.

So crazy ants live where crazy people live? Coincidence, I think not.
 
2013-05-17 05:41:36 PM

muck4doo: 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.


have you tried looking in the mirror?

/kidding
 
2013-05-17 06:07:11 PM

buckler: ChipNASA: " ANTS, ANTS, ANTS, I'VE GOT ANTS IN MY PANTS....LET'S DANCE!!"

"Johnny can't sing, Jimmy can't dance! We're gonna put some ANTS IN THEIR PANTS!"

Honestly, I'd take crazy ants over fire ants any day. When I was 13, my mom dragged me off to Florida. One day, I'd found I stepped into an ant mound, but didn't worry about it, because I was accustomed to the sugar ants we got in Oregon. Moments later, it felt like someone had doused my leg in lighter fluid and set it aflame. I ran to the swimming pool and plunged my leg in to dislodge the fire ants. When I told my mom, she said "oh, sorry. I guess I forgot to tell you about them,"

/CSB


Yup. My fire ant hatred is from Florida as well. Anything that kills or displaces those little demons is ok with me.
 
2013-05-17 06:11:37 PM

TheDirtyNacho: MythDragon: ltdanman44: Ophiocordyceps unilateralis --  mind control fungas


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That stuff scares me. If something like that where to ever jump to humans....just the thought of seeing people crouched on top of telephone poles with spores growing out of their heads, and just looking at you with dead eyes, softly chanting "one of us. one of us. one of us." is -really- unnerving.

It's bad enough that about 1/3rd of the population is infected with Toxoplasmosis, which is said to cause behavioral changes.

Yep, good ol' toxy seems to influence risk taking behavior like not looking before crossing a street.  In rodents, it lessens the natural fear of predators like cats, so they get caught by the cat and the cat spreads the organism in its feces.  Amazing stuff.


I like cats. I'm not sure why.
 
2013-05-17 06:15:37 PM
Crazy ant as opposed to one of those flattened ants you find on a crazy path.
 
2013-05-17 06:23:21 PM
A biological technique against fire ants was to put honey in a jar near their nest, then when it got many ants in it, to pour boiling water on them, killing them.  Then a lid is put on the jar, and it is kept in a warm, dark place until a mold appears on it.  Then the contents are poured on the nest, causing a plague that wipes it, and even adjacent nests out.
 
2013-05-17 06:31:51 PM
Oh, hey guys!
farm7.staticflickr.com
blogs.scientificamerican.com
 
2013-05-17 06:32:28 PM

ginkor: A biological technique against fire ants was to put honey in a jar near their nest, then when it got many ants in it, to pour boiling water on them, killing them.  Then a lid is put on the jar, and it is kept in a warm, dark place until a mold appears on it.  Then the contents are poured on the nest, causing a plague that wipes it, and even adjacent nests out.


If true very cool. I think I read that ants naturally promote certain molds in there food store areas that are anti-bacterial and help protect them from all the dead things they bring back...no source though...so I could be full of shiate.
 
2013-05-17 06:40:23 PM

Evil High Priest: buckler: ChipNASA: " ANTS, ANTS, ANTS, I'VE GOT ANTS IN MY PANTS....LET'S DANCE!!"

"Johnny can't sing, Jimmy can't dance! We're gonna put some ANTS IN THEIR PANTS!"

Honestly, I'd take crazy ants over fire ants any day. When I was 13, my mom dragged me off to Florida. One day, I'd found I stepped into an ant mound, but didn't worry about it, because I was accustomed to the sugar ants we got in Oregon. Moments later, it felt like someone had doused my leg in lighter fluid and set it aflame. I ran to the swimming pool and plunged my leg in to dislodge the fire ants. When I told my mom, she said "oh, sorry. I guess I forgot to tell you about them,"

/CSB

Yup. My fire ant hatred is from Florida as well. Anything that kills or displaces those little demons is ok with me.


I dealt with them in SC and polite is not how I would describe them.  Sure if you run into their mound you will pay, but they have come into my bed at night.  Oh how I hated those things.  I took the fire right back to them.  Dump some gas into their mound and light it up.  I didn't do it for fun, I really just wanted to destroy them for good.
 
2013-05-17 06:41:53 PM
Welcome to Texas - come for the near-slavery working conditions and lax regulations, stay for the crazy ants, crazy birthers, and crazy creationists.
 
2013-05-17 07:19:32 PM
Ginkor, did you make that up?
 
2013-05-17 07:27:47 PM
Here's a question for any myrmicologists paying attention to this thread:


Central Maryland, used to have some substantial (3-4' high) big black-ant mounds on the property 40 years ago. haven't seen them in a long while, as in decades.

Went walking around the property today, I found two new small-black-ant colonies starting up. One was where an apple tree died (and was cut up and hauled away,) the other is in the middle of the sand+gravel driveway where I spilled transmission fluid working on a car.

My question.... Is there some way they could be converting this to food? You don't set up anywhere you can't eat. It just seems like a very toxic environment, and it seems the worst place possible.
 
2013-05-17 07:42:11 PM
IANAM
But both of those activities probably created lots of little tunnels underground for the ants to nest in.
 
2013-05-17 08:25:52 PM

MythDragon: Otherwise known as a Florida Woods Roach. They don't scurry when you turn on the light. They walk over and turn it back off.


Pfft. The ones in Puerto Rico will fly up to the fixture and unscrew the bulb.
 
2013-05-17 09:06:57 PM
...but their spread can be limited if people are careful...

The spread of the Tawny crazy ants may also be limited, even within the more hospitable climates, by caution from humans...

"...if people living in or visiting invaded areas are careful and check for the crazy ants when moving or going on longer trips..."


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2013-05-17 09:18:53 PM
Every time I'm tempted to move somewhere where it stays warm all year, I read about the various insect species in that area. Then I decide it isn't all that bad staying where it gets cold enough in the winter to slow the insects down for at least a few months.
 
2013-05-17 09:45:40 PM
FTA: The crazy ants were first discovered in the U.S. in 2002 by a pest control operator in a suburb of Houston

I worked CATV with a guy from Belize who identified these little f*ckers back in '95. In Dallas. They're difficult to distinguish visually from fire ants, but they move more quickly and they nest everyfreakinwhere. They removed thousands of feet of dielectric from inside both aerial and buried coaxial cable all over town. I had one span of aerial cable that was completely missing the dielectric from one pole to the next... I pulled the center conductor completely out of that span after I broke the connectors loose. The only plus side to them is that they don't sting.

/CSB
 
2013-05-17 09:49:17 PM

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


East Coasters pronounce it "ahnt", West Coaster pronounce it "ant"

Don't know or care about those chumps in the middle.
 
2013-05-17 10:53:53 PM

wombatsrus: Every time I'm tempted to move somewhere where it stays warm all year, I read about the various insect species in that area. Then I decide it isn't all that bad staying where it gets cold enough in the winter to slow the insects down for at least a few months.



Damn straight.  A winter coat, boots, shovel (not a spade..... an aluminum grain shovel works best for me) and mits cannot possibly sting, bite, crawl on you, drop in your mouth in your sleep, infest your food, etc. etc. etc.......

Now, it's getting late..... so whatever you farkers do, make sure you do Not read up on 'bacterial mats' or those little critters that crawl around in your eyelashes at night.......
 
2013-05-17 10:57:40 PM

ArcadianRefugee: 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):


I am a 1.84%er...I'm originally from that purplish pink dot area in central MO and I follow that pattern.
 
2013-05-18 10:12:19 AM
I heard these ants are all female? Is that true?
 
2013-05-18 11:12:00 AM

MBA Whore: Gink


Not a bit, and it is similar to a technique used to develop biological agents against many insects.  Basically to put hundreds of pounds of that particular insect in a stainless steel vat and squash them into pulp, then see if anything grows on it.  These microbial pesticides used to be done in the US, but have now been outsourced, mostly to central America but also to India.
 
2013-05-18 03:35:23 PM

cursed monkey: I think I read that ants naturally promote certain molds in there food store areas that are anti-bacterial and help protect them from all the dead things they bring back...no source though...so I could be full of shiate.


Yep, and (if found in their area) they will collect antiseptic tree resins/leaves/whatever and make a doormat of them at their nest entrances. And then every ant wipes their feet as they come back into the nest. Neat stuff.
 
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