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'Crazy ant' invading Texas, destroying electronics

updated 06:58 pm EDT, Sat May 18, 2013

Hardy invasive species pushing out fire ants, other ant colonies

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have discovered that the US fire ant population is being pushed out by "tawny crazy ants," with an affinity to the interior of electronic devices. The ants are capable of nesting in nearly any container, and as they travel, they disrupt other ant populations.

"They nest in electronics and create short circuits, as they create a contact bridge between two points when they get electrocuted they release an alarm pheromone," says UT research assistant Edward LeBrun. "The other ants are attracted to the chemicals that other ants give off. At this point, more ants arrive and create a larger nest."

Some researchers claim that a single nest can contain multiple queens, and normal poisons and baits have little effect on the new species. Without assistance migrating, the species travels approximately 650 feet per year.

The initial name of "Raspberry Crazy Ants" was named after pest control worker Tom Rasberry who first discovered the ant, and reported the population to Texas A&M researchers. The scientific name for the subspecies is Nylanderia fulva.



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  1. andi*pandi

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    So, there'll now be real bugs in our electronics again, just like the first one. Great.

  1. gooser

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    i read this story on yahoo a day or two ago. never thought i'd see it here.

  1. coffeetime

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    I am waiting for a movie version of this. I am sure someone is brainstorming right now.

  1. reader50

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    Sounds like it would be easy to make a trap for these ants. Just like those UV bug zappers. All you need is a tightly spaced grid in a box near the ants. With normal bug zapper internals otherwise.

  1. apostle

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    Enjoyed the story! Ever since I was knee-high to an ant I remember the "fire ant" being the bad boy on the block. The ultimate evil that will destroy humanity! Heck, they even made movies about fire ants. And then in walk the Rasberry ants. Reminds me of the movie Rocky. 'You ain't so bad, you ain't so bad'. :)

    Anyone wondering why this story is here, look up the term "bug" as it applies to computers.

    Fwiw: Bug zappers kill more "good bugs" than "bad bugs". Google it. I disabled the "zapper" but kept the UV light. I let Nature and Bats sort it out.

    Again, nice story. More proof that mankind is not as "in charge" as it would like to believe.

    Everyone else: Lighten Up!

    Namaste

    =0)

  1. msuper69

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    Sound like a good name for a game: "Crazy Ants".

  1. airmanchairman

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    "I am waiting for a movie version of this. I am sure someone is brainstorming right now."

    Right you are; this has all the right movie elements - Antz, African Killer Bees, Short Circuit, A Bug's Life, Creepy-crawlies - you name it, this real-life story's got it!

  1. airmanchairman

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    "I am waiting for a movie version of this. I am sure someone is brainstorming right now."

    Right you are; this has all the right movie/game elements - Antz, African Killer Bees, Short Circuit, A Bug's Life, Creepy-crawlies - you name it, this real-life story's got it!

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