Wednesday, May 14, 2008

All My Ants Live in Texas

I'm waiting for confirmation from Steve Bates of YDD and based in Houston, before I panic.

DALLAS — 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.

Talk about a mixed blessing... these things reportedly attack and destroy the Texas state insect...the fire ant. There is also the question of how tasty they are run through a hot wok with a little garlic, and Tobasco.

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