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  1. #1
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    Default Gulf Coast Ants...coming to a hive near you.


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    Default Re: Gulf Coast Ants...coming to a hive near you. Crazy ants....

    If they're worse than fireants then we *are* in trouble!!!

    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/...on-crazy-ants/

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    Default Re: Gulf Coast Ants...coming to a hive near you. Crazy ants....

    If they are drawn to electrical current - you can make a relatively cheap ant zapper. Not to mention that if they are drawn to high voltage potential then a regular bug zapper would work as well. On a positive side, if these ants are as prolific and voracious as they are painted to be in the media (we know those guys never exaggerate) this could be an ultimate pesticide. You plant them in the middle of a corn field, they eat every bug in sight and then starve to death themselves.

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    Default Re: Gulf Coast Ants...coming to a hive near you. Crazy ants....

    I would think that if they can make it all the way from South America (even in stages) then they wouldn't have much problem making it out of a cornfield. As for the bug zapper...it appears that they come in such large numbers that eventually they could overload the grid and shut it down...if they can shut down some of the things the article mentioned the bug zapper would be trivial to the crazy ants.

    Anybody out there that has had a run in with these ants?

    Ed

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    Default Re: Gulf Coast Ants...coming to a hive near you. Crazy ants....

    "If it's not one thing, it's another!" -- Roseanne Roseannadanna, Saturday Night Live, circa 1978

    It never stops........
    South Florida, 9 hives, 2 nuc, no treatments, foundation free, slatted racks, bottom entrances, zone 10b

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    Default Re: Gulf Coast Ants...coming to a hive near you. Crazy ants....

    Those ants are too close for comfort! I hope they don't come up to north central texas.
    LeeB
    I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up :)

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    Default Re: Gulf Coast Ants...coming to a hive near you. Crazy ants....

    Quote Originally Posted by Intheswamp View Post
    if they can shut down some of the things the article mentioned the bug zapper would be trivial to the crazy ants.
    The devices mentioned in the article are not designed to have bugs crawling on the inside and shorting out power supply. Bug zapper is. Naturally it will have to be self emptying

    OK, modify my idea. You drop ants on the cornfield that is lined on the borders with bug zappers. Ants eat everything in sight, move to the edges in search of new food sources and get all zapped At the end of the summer you collect composted piles of ants and use them as fertilizer.

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    Default Re: Gulf Coast Ants...coming to a hive near you. Crazy ants....

    They are here in North Texas. Going to dump boiling water on the hill in my garden, will open the hives and investigate, grease the poles of the metal hive stand, wish me luck
    Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.

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