View Full Version : Hairy Ants Take On Texas

05-15-2008, 02:55 PM

"Crazy rasberry ants" throw off the balance of nature as they feast on beneficial insects, researchers say, noting that even the hatchlings of an endangered chicken species are at risk from these omnivores.

In what sounds like a really low-budget horror film, voracious swarming ants that apparently arrived in Texas aboard a cargo ship are invading homes and yards across the Houston area, shorting out electrical boxes and messing up computers.

The hairy, reddish-brown creatures are known as "crazy rasberry ants" - crazy, because they wander erratically instead of marching in regimented lines, and "rasberry" after Tom Rasberry, an exterminator who did battle against them early on.

"They're itty-bitty things about the size of fleas, and they're just running everywhere," said Patsy Morphew of Pearland, who is constantly sweeping them off her patio and scooping them out of her pool by the cupful. "There's just thousands and thousands of them. If you've seen a car racing, that's how they are. They're going fast, fast, fast. They're crazy."


05-15-2008, 04:50 PM

you making fun of me?

05-15-2008, 06:06 PM
my wife saw this on the news, sounds terrible. i hate ants, once you kill a couple your body itches and you feel like you having them crawling all over.

05-15-2008, 11:15 PM
Every day, animals test my patience. And love bugs are coming back here in Central Florida! Ugh.

Maynard the Hammer
05-18-2008, 02:08 AM
love bugs are the worst. probably the most fragile creature on earth. they work wonders on your windshield lol