My crazy ants

crazy ants 2.jpgSaturday 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]


Comments:

You had ants in your laptop??? That is just unreal. I'm in the same area, or kind of. Do I need to start storing my notebook in a rubber bin? That is so completely creepy.

Posted by: Hieronymous at May 15, 2008 8:31 AM


Wow!
This is really funny because my husband told me last night that we have an ant problem in the front yard.

Good luck with your ant problems.

Posted by: Rosie at May 15, 2008 8:38 AM


"Barrack Obama called Rev. Jeremiah Wright his "crazy uncle." Well, we've apparently got our own crazy ants. Beware."

hehe, clever.

Posted by: Bobby Bambino at May 15, 2008 8:39 AM


The mention of NASA reminds me of the episode of "The Simpsons" called 'Deep Space Homer' where a colony of ants got loose and together with rippled/ridged potato chips, they got inside the instruments of the space shuttle.....

Posted by: LizFromNebraska at May 15, 2008 8:50 AM


How did you get rid of them, Jill? I am watching my keyboard closely.....

Posted by: Carla at May 15, 2008 9:10 AM


LizFromNebraska—

Good call. ("Protect the queen!" "Which one's the queen?" "I'm the queen." "No you're not!")

Jill—

I have to quibble with you on your calling Mr. Holland's Opus an "old movie".

It came out in 1996. How the heck can you consider it "old"?

Posted by: John Jansen at May 15, 2008 9:11 AM


Speaking of "Obama" and "crazy", am I the only one disturbed by this picture?

Posted by: mk at May 15, 2008 9:14 AM


EW. Looks a little Messiahish.

Posted by: Carla at May 15, 2008 9:17 AM


Carla,

Can't tell if he's walking IN water, or ON it...lol

Posted by: mk at May 15, 2008 9:32 AM


Can you even imagine if we had a picture like this of McCain or Bush?????

Posted by: mk at May 15, 2008 9:33 AM


Where did you find this picture?? Oh yeah, he's walking on water. :O

Posted by: Carla at May 15, 2008 9:36 AM


http://www.spiritdaily.com/

How some view Obama...

There's a few more there too.

Posted by: mk at May 15, 2008 9:39 AM


Ugh. I like Obama, and I find that picture grotesque. Unicorns? Cult leader robes? CReeeeeepy...

Posted by: Hieronymous at May 15, 2008 9:59 AM


Its like a Lisa Frank folder!! Who else had those when they were in grade school? =)

Posted by: Amanda at May 15, 2008 10:09 AM


LOL Amanda!

Posted by: Carla at May 15, 2008 10:11 AM


What would be the correct response to someone who has a little girl and then wanted to get pregnant again, got pregnant and then upon finding out it was a boy threw a fit and said, "What's the point of it now?"

Posted by: Jess at May 15, 2008 10:15 AM


Oh I still love Lisa Frank : )

Posted by: Jess at May 15, 2008 10:16 AM


I don't have any "crazy uncles"...but I do have a couple of dipsh*t uncles. And a couple of b*tchy aunts.

I hit the jackpot when it comes to extended family. W00t.

Posted by: Rae at May 15, 2008 10:23 AM


We've got ants too. Lots of them. Every year I buy those ant traps that they can go inside and supposedly take the poison back to their nest. Every year I have ants.... again. My ants are the great big black ones that crunch when you step on them and they bite too.
I just read a story about how Burmese pythons are in the everglades now and that is appears to be a draw between the alligators and the pythons!
I'm never moving to Florida. Give me the Great White North any day!!

Posted by: Patricia at May 15, 2008 11:37 AM


@Patricia: I'd pay money to see a death match between Burmese Pythons vs. Alligators.

That would be interesting.

Posted by: Rae at May 15, 2008 11:58 AM


Yep, a sign of the end times.

However, don't rush in and abort those ants just yet.

Being an engineer and analyzing buildings for over 23 years, I discovered that buildings and homes using regular bug treatments, usually had more insect and termite problems.

Ants are the natural enemies of termites and many other harmful insects and they can be trained. How? Ants are blind and find their way around using scent trails. Carefully locate the ant scent trails around your house and wherever you don't want the ants to go, wash away the scent using soapy water. It takes time. In Phoenix, when ants get real active I usually have ant trails running across my doorway thresholds and along the foundations but not into the house, because I've trained them to do so. It's really cool. Look guys, I'm not crazy. OK, call me AntMan now (don't laugh Stud). This works and the benefits are awesome.

I'm one of the only houses in the neighborhood who hasn't had a termite treatment which can cost thousands of dollars.

Because I do not kill the ants or other beneficial insects on my property by using a monthly application of diazinon or malathion or whatever, I have few insects to deal with other than the ants, and as I said they can be trained to stay out of your house. It takes time and patience, however, you'll have a much healthier home.

Don't abort those ants!!!!!!! It's an ant not a larvae!!!! You can call me pro-ant. It's an ant not a choice. Kill an ant, break your house.

Posted by: HisMan at May 15, 2008 12:02 PM


There are about a million ants for every person there is in the world.

:) Hooray for random knowledge.

Posted by: Edyt at May 15, 2008 12:15 PM


AntMan,
Ant abortions are safe, legal and rare.

Posted by: Carla at May 15, 2008 12:27 PM


Oh and forget about ants, the one big thing to look out for is ticks. Two of my cousins and my Grandma have all had lime disease so far and it is just a horrible illness.

Posted by: Jess at May 15, 2008 12:28 PM


@Jess: Do you live in Connecticut/Massachusetts area? That's where Lyme's Disease is most prevalent (though it now has spread to Europe and the midwest...which blows).

Posted by: Rae at May 15, 2008 12:35 PM


Rae I'm super afraid of Lyme Disease. Heard my share of horror stories. That is why I don't go camping. A little worried about my 3 weeks in the wilderness coming up :/


also I realized how much I love this blog last night:

http://www.idrewthis.org/

Posted by: prettyinpink at May 15, 2008 12:41 PM


@PiP: W00t for Borellia burgdorferi !

OMG! I used to look at DC Simpson's comics all the time! He was hilarious, I had no idea he had a blog!

Posted by: Rae at May 15, 2008 12:49 PM


Carla, 9:10a: They just all crawled out. By saying there were "lots of them," I exaggerated. There were probably 20-30.

John Jansen, 9:11a: Yes, I guess most people wouldn't think a movie made in 1996 was old. That's my old, I guess. I don't really care for the old old movies. Except Gone With the Wind and Wizard of Oz that I can think of.

MK, 9:14a: If that Messianic illustration of Obama bothers you, hold on. Incoming.

Bobby, 8:39a: *bow* Sometimes I crack myself up and I'm glad when every now and then I crack others up, too... :)

Posted by: Jill Stanek at May 15, 2008 12:50 PM


Yeah Rae and it is pretty brilliant. I read a post and I'm like...damn! People need to read this!!!

Posted by: prettyinpink at May 15, 2008 12:57 PM


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7399661.stm


Hey Catholics...here's something to think about..

Posted by: prettyinpink at May 15, 2008 1:52 PM


To strengthen its scientific credentials, the Vatican is organising a conference next year to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the author of the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin.

Well, what do you know, "Happy Birthday Darwin" , from the Catholic Church! Hee hee!

Posted by: Janet at May 15, 2008 2:00 PM


Thanks for the link PiP, You made my day! :)

Posted by: Janet at May 15, 2008 2:01 PM


"Pro-Choice
Pro-Little Ants" (Baby Ants)?

What are child ants called? Chilrants? Antinos? Antkids? UnwANTeds? Babants?

"Abortion stops a little ant"

Are ant larvae just insentient, non-viable globs of tissue and cells? Wonder if they're good with a light beer?

When is an ant an ant? At laying or at hatching?

What if the queen doesn't want her ants? What about her bodily autonomy? Those ant guys are pigs.

What is the preferred method of ant abortion?
Crushing under foot?
Focused sunlight via magnifying glass?
Insecticide?

How many ants have been aborted since the invention of the automobile?

If you're pro-choice is it wrong to use insecticide? (Most likely NOT!)

These are some of the more profound questions of our time.

Posted by: HisMan at May 15, 2008 2:16 PM


Are we talking already born ants or potential ants??

Posted by: Carla at May 15, 2008 2:22 PM


It's not actually an ant until it can sense a picnic nearby.

Posted by: Janet at May 15, 2008 2:27 PM


It's not actually an ant until it can sense a picnic nearby.

LOL!!!

Posted by: Elizabeth at May 15, 2008 2:31 PM


Elizabeth, you're so sweet to always laugh at my jokes:)

Posted by: Janet at May 15, 2008 2:44 PM


That's what I'm here for, Janet ;)

Posted by: prettyinpink at May 15, 2008 2:46 PM


There are about a million ants for every person there is in the world.

Because they don't believe in abortion...

Posted by: Janet at May 15, 2008 2:50 PM


Rae:
Apparently there have been a few pythons who have swallowed whole alligators and the pythons stomachs have ruptured. Pretty darn gross if you ask me. I'd rather confront a moose than either of those! Mind you we don't have moose where I live. :-D
When I went to Florida there were alligators everywhere. Yuck. Make nice shoes and handbags though.... (just kidding)

Posted by: Patricia at May 15, 2008 2:53 PM


I live in Indiana, south of Jill....I'm wondering if I should stop putting our labtop on the carpet when we're done with it and instead store it in the zipped case. Man, that'd creep me out if a bunch of ants started crawling out of my computer.

Posted by: Rachael at May 15, 2008 3:18 PM


Mr. Holland's Opus

Great choice, Jill. I love the ending. Okay, a bit farfetched that he wouldn't know there is a huge crowd in the auditorium, but anytime it's on TV I watch it.

Posted by: Doug at May 15, 2008 3:30 PM


HisMan,
Very pro-ant posts. Is there anything you would abort?

Posted by: truthseeker at May 15, 2008 7:07 PM


TS - I think HisMan has displayed an appreciation for all life, human and animal, as long as it's not Muslim.

:P

Posted by: Amanda at May 15, 2008 7:54 PM


HisMan, it doesn't matter if animals have abortions or not because you're just going to drug them up, torture them, kill them violently and eat them. They'll have their revenge though 15 years down the road when you get cancer from 20 lbs of impacted fecal matter : )

Ah the joy of being a veggie and having squeaky clean plumbing =D

Posted by: Jess at May 15, 2008 9:21 PM


Jess, barbecued asparagus will clean out just about anything, including a prime rib filet.

Posted by: truthseeker at May 15, 2008 9:32 PM


Linda McCartney was an animal rights activist and vegetarian. That didn't prevent her from developing breast cancer. :(


Posted by: LizFromNebraska at May 15, 2008 10:54 PM


Because they don't believe in abortion...
Posted by: Janet at May 15, 2008 2:50 PM

Possibly, but I'm pretty sure they're all communists. That might have something to do with it.

Another interesting tidbit: Ants actually do a lot in terms of "population control" because they take over nests, vegetation, other bug or animal species, etc. It helps them to be large in number so they can do their job correctly.

I'm pretty sure a million ants could take me down. What about you guys?

Posted by: Edyt at May 16, 2008 7:39 AM


Ooooh I just found this:

For example, ants have the ability to take over the nest of other ant species, via a 'parasitic queen' and 'enslave' the inhabitants. The queen will attack and kill the queen of the other species, and then cover herself with the odour of the other queen so she will be accepted by the colony residents. This is done by touching parts of her body to all the open wounds of the dead queen. She then lays her eggs, which are cared for by the colony ants. As the parasitic eggs hatch and the new queen's ants become more abundant, they capture the larvae of the original colony and use them as slaves when they hatch. These 'hostages' grow up and must take care of the upkeep of the nest and its invaders.4 Not a pretty thought!5

Siiiick.

Posted by: Edyt at May 16, 2008 7:41 AM


I'm pretty sure a million ants could take me down. What about you guys?

Posted by: Edyt at May 16, 2008 7:39 AM

Edyt, To whom and what are you talking about? Sounds like you and ants would get along well. Are you a communist, or do you aspire to be one? You seem to mention them quite often.

Posted by: Janet at May 16, 2008 7:49 AM


Nah, I'm not a communist. I'm just joking.

You know, the Red Scare? The Rasberry Ants? Communism is all about a classless society, which ants have, except for the Queen who could be seen as government... Communists believed in the abolition of the family which ants have ...


Whatever, Janet. Loosen up for once.

P.S. When have I mentioned communists before, except to mock people for their ridiculous fears and the way the government uses scare tactics to encourage civilian subjugation?

Posted by: Edyt at May 16, 2008 8:17 AM


Sry Liz I was referring to colon cancer : (

I love how some minister guy once claimed that animals don't have abortion and people would be outraged if they did... yeah well a lot of them eat their young : ( Hamsters, for example, will eat their babies if their cage is rearranged while their preggers. "oh no no that's not where my food dish should be I can't possibleh have a babeh now!" And no one makes a stink out of it.

Also, despite their pro-baby eating stance they still manage to reproduce like rabbits. Hm, just like liberals?

Posted by: Jess at May 16, 2008 9:06 AM


LizfromNebraska, 10:54p, said: "Linda McCartney was an animal rights activist and vegetarian. That didn't prevent her from developing breast cancer. :("

McCartney was known to have slept around with such rock luminaries as Jagger and Morrison before meeting Paul... almost a groupie....

I've always wondered if McCartney had an abortion history.

It is not normal for any woman to get breast cancer. It is way not normal for a relatively young woman to get breast cancer. She was diagnosed with bresat cancer in 1995 at the age of 54, 22 years after abortion was legalized.

Posted by: Jill Stanek at May 16, 2008 11:07 AM


It is not normal for any woman to get breast cancer. It is way not normal for a relatively young woman to get breast cancer. She was diagnosed with bresat cancer in 1995 at the age of 54, 22 years after abortion was legalized.
Posted by: Jill Stanek at May 16, 2008 11:07 AM

The daughter of John and Abigal Adams got breast cancer at the age of 42. "breast cancer was as much a dread disease in the early 1800s as it is today," according to the article. I doubt she had an abortion.

I think it's cruel to women (and men) who get breast cancer and their familys to insinuate an abortion link, to trash them for "sleeping around," or to somehow imply it's their fault.

http://www.shsu.edu/~pin_www/T@S/2002/NabbyAdamsEssay.html

Posted by: Hal at May 16, 2008 11:25 AM


"I've always wondered if McCartney had an abortion history."

I've been thinking lately about men and abortion statistics. They seem to be ignored in the discussions.

How many men are responsible for more than one abortion? How many men have no clue that their offspring has(ve) been aborted? How many men have/would have regrets? (Weekend poll question?)

Posted by: Janet at May 16, 2008 12:13 PM


I'm pretty sure a million ants could take me down. What about you guys?

Posted by: Edyt at May 16, 2008 7:39 AM

Edyt, To whom and what are you talking about? Sounds like you and ants would get along well. Are you a communist, or do you aspire to be one? You seem to mention them quite often.

Posted by: Janet at May 16, 2008 7:49 AM

Nah, I'm not a communist. I'm just joking.

You know, the Red Scare? The Rasberry Ants? Communism is all about a classless society, which ants have, except for the Queen who could be seen as government... Communists believed in the abolition of the family which ants have ...

Whatever, Janet. Loosen up for once.

P.S. When have I mentioned communists before, except to mock people for their ridiculous fears and the way the government uses scare tactics to encourage civilian subjugation?

Posted by: Edyt at May 16, 2008 8:17 AM

Good point.

Posted by: Janet at May 16, 2008 12:23 PM


Janet,
I think about the same thing now that Operation Outcry is getting more and more declarations from men.
This is a good site...
http://www.fatherhoodforever.org/

Posted by: Carla at May 19, 2008 12:34 PM



http://www.fatherhoodforever.org/


Thanks for the link, Carla. I'll bookmark it and try to take a look when I have a little more time. Have a good day!

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