Saturday morning I worked on my computer comfortably located in my favorite recliner downstairs in the living room. When finished I placed the computer on the carpeted floor.
Sunday afternoon I chose another cozy spot to work, lounging in bed while watching old movies. So I retrieved my computer, arranged my pillows just so, found just the right old movie (Mr. Holland’s Opus), and settled in to catch up on emails and such.
But as soon as my computer warmed up, what to my surprise should emerge but ants! Lots of them! And one of them even “jumped up and bit me,” as Forrest Gump would say (although not in the buttocks).
What a coincidence that the Associated Press posted a story yesterday about “crazy ants” taking over Houston, including computers. I’m in Chicago. Are they taking over America this quickly? From the story…
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….
Scientists are not sure exactly where the ants came from, but their cousins, commonly called crazy ants, are found in the Southeast and the Caribbean….
They also bite humans, though not with a stinger like fire ants.
Worse, they, like some other species of ants, are attracted to electrical equipment, for reasons that are not well understood by scientists.
They have ruined pumps at sewage pumping stations, fouled computers and at least one homeowner’s gas meter, and caused fire alarms to malfunction. They have been spotted at NASA’s Johnson Space Center ….
Barrack Obama called Rev. Jeremiah Wright his “crazy uncle.” Well, we’ve apparently got our own crazy ants. Beware.
[HT: husband Rich; photo, courtesy of the AP, is of exterminator Tom Rasberry, letting the "crazy rasberry ants," crawl up his arm]