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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
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2013-12-10 11:42:11 AM  
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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 05:46:29 PM  
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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 04:41:59 PM  
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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 02:31:24 PM  
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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 12:12:30 PM  
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Millions of anteaters? Millions? Fark all that, just send Pickles the Echidna:

www.abc.net.au
2013-12-10 12:09:41 PM  
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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 12:08:59 PM  
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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 11:45:13 AM  
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Also this is not exactly a repeat but we've had "crazy ant" threads on Fark before -- http://www.fark.com/comments/7755125
 
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