Those Pesky Ants!

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They are just one-eight of an inch in size, but these tiny red ants called "Crazy Raspberry Ants" are driving people in Houston, Texas - well, a little crazy! Nobody knows where they came from, but they are invading homes and yards by the billions.

The ants are called 'crazy" because they do not walk in a single file like other ants, but run around helter-skelter. They got the name "rasberry" from the man pictured here. He is an exterminator called Tom Rasberry, who was one of the first persons to try get rid of them.

Scientist believe that the ants, who were first seen in Texas a few years ago arrived in a cargo shipment from overseas, possibly the Caribbean, where similar ants have been seen.

The good news is that these ants eat fire ants: ants that sting human beings and are very common in Texas during summer. However, they also suck plant juices and feed on good insects like ladybugs.

The worst part however is that they seem to love electrical equipment. They are messing up computers, causing fire alarms to malfunction and shorting out electrical boxes.

The ants are resistant to normal household ant sprays. They also seem to be pretty smart. They don't take bait that is left in traps and when some of them do die, the survivors pile them up and use their bodies as a bridge to get across to surfaces free of pesticide. Even exterminators are having a hard time getting rid of them.

These pesky little ants are becoming such a serious problem that the Department of Agriculture is working with researchers from Texas A&M University and the Environmental Protection Agency to try figure out what to do! We hope they are able to get rid of them before they spread to other parts of the country!

Sources: Dallas Morning News, Physorg.com, ChicagoTribune.org

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51 Comments
  • QASIWednesday, September 16, 2015 at 9:06 am
    How come these ants are causing everything to break?
    • michaelWednesday, September 9, 2015 at 12:17 pm
      sup
      • 10039744
        10039744Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:31 am
        i am alergic to fire ants so that is a good thing
        • IzzyyyyFriday, March 6, 2015 at 9:36 am
          Ahhhh!!!! SCARY O-O
          • aphphilippines
            aphphilippinesWednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:25 am
            I know!I stepped in some in my back yard when I was four!I live in the suburbs,so...yeah.
            • jamesTuesday, March 4, 2014 at 12:36 pm
              scary
              • lolTuesday, March 4, 2014 at 9:27 am
                cooool
                • whoviangirl
                  whoviangirlWednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:17 am
                  that is super gross poor texans :..(
                  • aphphilippines
                    aphphilippinesWednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:26 am
                    Thank you.:)
                  • susie
                    susieWednesday, October 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm
                    cray-cray!!!
                    • SkylarThursday, October 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm
                      That is crazy😮😮😮