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(The New York Times)   Words you never expect to read in the New York Times: "By the time [Mike the Hog-A-Nator] was done, he'd sucked out five gallons of ants"   (nytimes.com) divider line 25
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2013-12-10 11:26:04 AM
Ok...long article.  Someone sum up.  Dude has a farkton of ants in his house.  That sucks.  He also has a shiat load of hogs on his property but that's expected when you own acreage in Pearland...the place is practically overrun.
 
2013-12-10 11:42:11 AM

UberDave: Ok...long article. Someone sum up.



I read it in the print edition which I buy sometimes when I have lots of free time on a Sunday, it was a pretty interesting article. In brief, there's an invasive ant species that's been invading Texas for a while, the colonies are huge enough to range over several square miles and they're horrible and destructive but you get used to them crawling all over you after a while, and government agencies that should have tried to manage the invasion dropped the ball while they argued about which species this actually was and what the official common name ought to be.

And somebody on the internet suggested importing anteaters to control them. I thought that was clever.
 
2013-12-10 11:45:13 AM
Also this is not exactly a repeat but we've had "crazy ant" threads on Fark before -- http://www.fark.com/comments/7755125
 
2013-12-10 12:08:59 PM

UberDave: Ok...long article.  Someone sum up.  Dude has a farkton of ants in his house.  That sucks.  He also has a shiat load of hogs on his property but that's expected when you own acreage in Pearland...the place is practically overrun.


There are ants that like electrical systems so much they swarm circuit boards and sockets. There are so many of them that they create a short in the circuit, instantly electricuting the swarm. Thus killed, the swarm becomes more powerful than you can ever imagine.
 
2013-12-10 12:09:41 PM

the_vicious_fez: UberDave: Ok...long article.  Someone sum up.  Dude has a farkton of ants in his house.  That sucks.  He also has a shiat load of hogs on his property but that's expected when you own acreage in Pearland...the place is practically overrun.

There are ants that like electrical systems so much they swarm circuit boards and sockets. There are so many of them that they create a short in the circuit, instantly electricuting electrocuting the swarm. Thus killed, the swarm becomes more powerful than you can ever imagine.


BAH.
 
2013-12-10 12:12:30 PM
Millions of anteaters? Millions? Fark all that, just send Pickles the Echidna:

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2013-12-10 12:24:47 PM

phaseolus: UberDave: Ok...long article. Someone sum up.


I read it in the print edition which I buy sometimes when I have lots of free time on a Sunday, it was a pretty interesting article. In brief, there's an invasive ant species that's been invading Texas for a while, the colonies are huge enough to range over several square miles and they're horrible and destructive but you get used to them crawling all over you after a while, and government agencies that should have tried to manage the invasion dropped the ball while they argued about which species this actually was and what the official common name ought to be.

And somebody on the internet suggested importing anteaters to control them. I thought that was clever.


Once the ants are taken care of what do we do with all the ant-eaters?

/and how long is the chain until we get to the freezing gorillas?
 
2013-12-10 12:50:59 PM

the_vicious_fez: UberDave: Ok...long article.  Someone sum up.  Dude has a farkton of ants in his house.  That sucks.  He also has a shiat load of hogs on his property but that's expected when you own acreage in Pearland...the place is practically overrun.

There are ants that like electrical systems so much they swarm circuit boards and sockets. There are so many of them that they create a short in the circuit, instantly electricuting the swarm. Thus killed, the swarm becomes more powerful than you can ever imagine.


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2013-12-10 01:03:42 PM

the_vicious_fez: UberDave: Ok...long article.  Someone sum up.  Dude has a farkton of ants in his house.  That sucks.  He also has a shiat load of hogs on his property but that's expected when you own acreage in Pearland...the place is practically overrun.

There are ants that like electrical systems so much they swarm circuit boards and sockets. There are so many of them that they create a short in the circuit, instantly electricuting the swarm. Thus killed, the swarm becomes more powerful than you can ever imagine.


zimage.com
 
2013-12-10 01:32:09 PM

the_vicious_fez: UberDave: Ok...long article.  Someone sum up.  Dude has a farkton of ants in his house.  That sucks.  He also has a shiat load of hogs on his property but that's expected when you own acreage in Pearland...the place is practically overrun.

There are ants that like electrical systems so much they swarm circuit boards and sockets. There are so many of them that they create a short in the circuit, instantly electricuting the swarm. Thus killed, the swarm becomes more powerful than you can ever imagine.


Does it become a Nazi made of bees?
 
2013-12-10 02:18:46 PM

DigitalCoffee: phaseolus: UberDave: Ok...long article. Someone sum up.


I read it in the print edition which I buy sometimes when I have lots of free time on a Sunday, it was a pretty interesting article. In brief, there's an invasive ant species that's been invading Texas for a while, the colonies are huge enough to range over several square miles and they're horrible and destructive but you get used to them crawling all over you after a while, and government agencies that should have tried to manage the invasion dropped the ball while they argued about which species this actually was and what the official common name ought to be.

And somebody on the internet suggested importing anteaters to control them. I thought that was clever.

Once the ants are taken care of what do we do with all the ant-eaters?

/and how long is the chain until we get to the freezing gorillas?


The thing with anteaters is they don't even really have predators in their natural habitat, well, aside from a few of the alpha predators occasionally taking them on.  It's not smart to to try and eat an animal that can practically claw through concrete very often and has the arm strength to crush bone.  On the other hand, they only eat insects/arachnids, don't destroy crops, don't infest houses, and keep to themselves.  And, given that these crazy ants don't have much of a bite, they have no defense against them outside of sheer numbers.  The downside is that anteaters don't usually destroy colonies, they kind of farm them, eating here and there while leaving the colonies alive so that they produce more ants for later feeding.  Of course, that might be mostly because the ants they feed on do have nasty bites and their thick hair only protects them so much.
 
2013-12-10 02:31:24 PM
Seems that if they're attracted to electronics, you could build some sort of box that generates RF on whatever frequencies seem to be attracting them, and then blast them with a few million volts when they're lured in, but I'm not some sort of ant scientician, so I could be wrong.

Since it's Texas, can't Rick Perry just pray them away?
 
2013-12-10 03:08:08 PM
A 4200 acre supercolony.  Has anyone checked for the presence of Zerg?
 
2013-12-10 04:02:54 PM
 
2013-12-10 04:41:59 PM
I have heard that these ants are responsible for the sudden drop or complete loss of invictus ants in the area.  Crazy ants by comparison almost never bite unlike the Invictus ants and sure as hell dont leave a acid filled scar that hurts for days.

I will take crazy ants over invictus any farking day.  What short memories some Texans have.
 
2013-12-10 04:52:06 PM

Badmonkey82009: A 4200 acre supercolony.  Has anyone checked for the presence of Zerg?


Nope, good guess. It's actually Tyranids. I have ordered the Act of Exterminatus, and sincerely apologize for the destruction your world shall face shortly.
 
2013-12-10 05:46:29 PM

orclover: I have heard that these ants are responsible for the sudden drop or complete loss of invictus ants in the area.  Crazy ants by comparison almost never bite unlike the Invictus ants and sure as hell dont leave a acid filled scar that hurts for days.

I will take crazy ants over invictus any farking day.  What short memories some Texans have.


Yep, fire ants are gone here near Houston. Don't miss them at all. Even if my A/C will eventually short out, better than fire ants. Haven't seen any crazy ants around, but I know they must be around.
 
2013-12-10 07:39:01 PM

UberDave: Ok...long article.  Someone sum up.  Dude has a farkton of ants in his house.  That sucks.  He also has a shiat load of hogs on his property but that's expected when you own acreage in Pearland...the place is practically overrun.


New species of invasive ant, extreme reproductive capability producing large swarms, has a tendency to nest in electrical devices, wall outlets, cars, etc causing electrical shorts and fires. Think World War Z(movie) zombies....except they're ants and they want your electronics instead of food or brains. They reproduce so quickly and in such numbers that traditional extermination methods are ineffective. They US Govt didn't take them seriously. They're ants right? How bad could it be?

"One evening, his iron stopped working, then sparks shot from the appliance and a tide of crazy ants came rushing out. Other Dukes lived in neighboring houses; they all had similar stories. The ants had caused $1,600 of electrical damage to one woman's car; infiltrated the "glass break" detector of one house's alarm system, causing the alarm to blare; and just the previous night, shut off the water at Strom's brother Melvin's house by disabling the pressure switch on his well."

""Ain't that some ants," Duke said, as we strode up to Melvin's place. Dead ants puddled under the doorframe and behind the tires of Melvin's Camry - thick, tapering drifts of them, two or three feet across, like sawdust or snow. "See! See! See!" the Dukes kept telling me. Wherever they pointed, there were ants: under the door of a microwave oven, crawling out of the electrical outlets, heaped in the flower beds where I mistook them for fresh topsoil. "


Bad enough they overran and temporarily shut down a chemical plant. Ants. Shut down a chemical plant.
 
2013-12-10 08:17:21 PM
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...Mike the Hog-A-Nator's cousin?
 
2013-12-10 09:43:05 PM
Fun fact: the word "formication" means "the illusory sensation of having ants crawling on one's body."  It's a symptom of several types of drug withdrawals.

I learned that word in grade school and promptly taught all the other kids to say things like "I really like formication!"  Also, many of my classmates epididymides  were showing.
 
2013-12-10 09:43:55 PM
There are up sides to living on the frozen tundra of Minnesota.
 
2013-12-10 11:05:09 PM

tillerman35: Fun fact: the word "formication" means "the illusory sensation of having ants crawling on one's body."  It's a symptom of several types of drug withdrawals.

I learned that word in grade school and promptly taught all the other kids to say things like "I really like formication!"  Also, many of my classmates epididymides  were showing.


Do you masticate?
 
2013-12-10 11:12:47 PM

UberDave: Ok...long article.  Someone sum up.  Dude has a farkton of ants in his house.  That sucks.  He also has a shiat load of hogs on his property but that's expected when you own acreage in Pearland...the place is practically overrun.


Oh, just read it. It's competently written and interesting, and you should get to know your new overlords before you bow down to them.
 
2013-12-11 12:19:57 PM
I figure a board-game based on eusocial behaviour of ants would be fun.
 
2013-12-11 12:22:40 PM
Also, this is a great documentary. I especially like the part with the kids encouraging their younger sibling to poke the ants, and then the kid covered in ants while his grandfather calmly mutters "I told you so..."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2XOhcXz_zs">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=s2XOhcXz_zs
 
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