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  1. #1
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!

    If colony collapse disorder weren't enough,
    now we are facing an invasion of the deadly
    RASBERRY CRAZY ANTS!

    http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/strange...roblem_2730329

    http://urbanentomology.tamu.edu/ants/exotic_tx.cfm

    They attack and destroy beehives. So far,
    only in Texas, but as their range expands they
    may invade places where nice people live. :-)

  2. #2
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!

    On Wed, 05 Aug 2009 18:26:32 -0700, Mark Thorson wrote:

    > If colony collapse disorder weren't enough,
    > now we are facing an invasion of the deadly
    > RASBERRY CRAZY ANTS!


    At least they don't sting and I won't be allergic to them.

    > They attack and destroy beehives. So far,
    > only in Texas, but as their range expands they
    > may invade places where nice people live. :-)


    Ahh, blow me.

    -sw

  3. #3
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!

    Mark Thorson wrote:
    > If colony collapse disorder weren't enough,
    > now we are facing an invasion of the deadly
    > RASBERRY CRAZY ANTS!
    >
    > http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/strange...roblem_2730329
    >
    > http://urbanentomology.tamu.edu/ants/exotic_tx.cfm
    >
    > They attack and destroy beehives. So far,
    > only in Texas, but as their range expands they
    > may invade places where nice people live. :-)

    It figures they would show up in Houston area first, one of the biggest
    ports in the country.

    Saw a special on fire ants the other day and TAMU is experimenting with
    a fly that attacks the ants and kills them. Shows promise for
    eradicating a least one imported pest.

    Now, about them Formosan termites that ate two of my oak trees and are
    working on the last one we have.

  4. #4
    Jean B. Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!

    George Shirley wrote:
    > Mark Thorson wrote:
    >> If colony collapse disorder weren't enough,
    >> now we are facing an invasion of the deadly
    >> RASBERRY CRAZY ANTS!
    >>
    >> http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/strange...roblem_2730329
    >>
    >>
    >> http://urbanentomology.tamu.edu/ants/exotic_tx.cfm
    >>
    >> They attack and destroy beehives. So far,
    >> only in Texas, but as their range expands they
    >> may invade places where nice people live. :-)

    > It figures they would show up in Houston area first, one of the biggest
    > ports in the country.
    >
    > Saw a special on fire ants the other day and TAMU is experimenting with
    > a fly that attacks the ants and kills them. Shows promise for
    > eradicating a least one imported pest.
    >
    > Now, about them Formosan termites that ate two of my oak trees and are
    > working on the last one we have.


    But then the flies will probably turn out the be an issue. That
    seems to be how things work.

    --
    Jean B.

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    Phyllis Stone Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!


    "George Shirley" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Mark Thorson wrote:

    http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/strange...roblem_2730329
    >>
    >> http://urbanentomology.tamu.edu/ants/exotic_tx.cfm
    >>
    >> They attack and destroy beehives. So far,
    >> only in Texas, but as their range expands they
    >> may invade places where nice people live. :-)

    > It figures they would show up in Houston area first, one of the biggest
    > ports in the country.




    I live in Houston and we seem to have every kind of ant you can imagine.
    Out on the sidewalks in front of our house long streams of ants are coming
    and going in single files. Then there are the other ants who go helter
    skelter in no apparent order. I think those may be the rasberry ants. The
    fire ants build mounds in the yard and give you very hurtful stings when you
    mow the lawn and get too close. Good times.



  6. #6
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!

    "Jean B." wrote:
    >
    > George Shirley wrote:
    > >
    > > Saw a special on fire ants the other day and TAMU is experimenting with
    > > a fly that attacks the ants and kills them. Shows promise for
    > > eradicating a least one imported pest.
    > >
    > > Now, about them Formosan termites that ate two of my oak trees and are
    > > working on the last one we have.

    >
    > But then the flies will probably turn out the be an issue. That
    > seems to be how things work.


    No problem. There's an exotic spider we can get which will
    eat up the flies after they've taken care of the fire ants.

  7. #7
    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!

    Sqwertz <[email protected]> news:1mfqvhe53ezau$.[email protected]:
    in rec.food.cooking

    > On Wed, 05 Aug 2009 18:26:32 -0700, Mark Thorson wrote:
    >
    >> If colony collapse disorder weren't enough,
    >> now we are facing an invasion of the deadly
    >> RASBERRY CRAZY ANTS!

    >
    > At least they don't sting and I won't be allergic to them.
    >
    >> They attack and destroy beehives. So far,
    >> only in Texas, but as their range expands they
    >> may invade places where nice people live. :-)

    >
    > Ahh, blow me.
    >
    > -sw


    Yet another fantasy from our wishful thinking little Stevie boy.

    Michael

    --
    “Always tell the truth - it's the easiest thing to remember”
    ~ American Playwright David Mamet

    You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

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    Jean B. Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!

    Mark Thorson wrote:
    > "Jean B." wrote:
    >> George Shirley wrote:
    >>> Saw a special on fire ants the other day and TAMU is experimenting with
    >>> a fly that attacks the ants and kills them. Shows promise for
    >>> eradicating a least one imported pest.
    >>>
    >>> Now, about them Formosan termites that ate two of my oak trees and are
    >>> working on the last one we have.

    >> But then the flies will probably turn out the be an issue. That
    >> seems to be how things work.

    >
    > No problem. There's an exotic spider we can get which will
    > eat up the flies after they've taken care of the fire ants.


    And then? It is endless.

    --
    Jean B.

  9. #9
    cybercat Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!


    "Jean B." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Mark Thorson wrote:
    >> "Jean B." wrote:
    >>> George Shirley wrote:
    >>>> Saw a special on fire ants the other day and TAMU is experimenting with
    >>>> a fly that attacks the ants and kills them. Shows promise for
    >>>> eradicating a least one imported pest.
    >>>>
    >>>> Now, about them Formosan termites that ate two of my oak trees and are
    >>>> working on the last one we have.
    >>> But then the flies will probably turn out the be an issue. That
    >>> seems to be how things work.

    >>
    >> No problem. There's an exotic spider we can get which will
    >> eat up the flies after they've taken care of the fire ants.

    >
    > And then? It is endless.
    >


    This Subj. line, stupid tone repeated endlessly, is mostly why I have
    Thorson kfed. He reminds me of my MIL, constant doom and gloom emergencies.



  10. #10
    Paul M. Cook Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!


    "Jean B." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Mark Thorson wrote:
    >> "Jean B." wrote:
    >>> George Shirley wrote:
    >>>> Saw a special on fire ants the other day and TAMU is experimenting with
    >>>> a fly that attacks the ants and kills them. Shows promise for
    >>>> eradicating a least one imported pest.
    >>>>
    >>>> Now, about them Formosan termites that ate two of my oak trees and are
    >>>> working on the last one we have.
    >>> But then the flies will probably turn out the be an issue. That
    >>> seems to be how things work.

    >>
    >> No problem. There's an exotic spider we can get which will
    >> eat up the flies after they've taken care of the fire ants.

    >
    > And then? It is endless.


    Not always, no. Back in 1990 in SoCal we had a huge issue with ash white
    flies. They were so thick it was like everything was covered in gray dust.
    They swarmed in thick cloud formations and when you drove they would
    splatter against your car and cover the window. So they introduced a tiny
    little wasp from Israel and within a couple years the problem was all but
    eradicated. You sometimes see a few of them but but rarely. Some insects
    have such a limited number of food sources that when they exhaust a source
    they become self limiting themselves

    Paul



  11. #11
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!

    "Jean B." wrote:
    >
    > Mark Thorson wrote:
    > > "Jean B." wrote:
    > >> George Shirley wrote:
    > >>> Saw a special on fire ants the other day and TAMU is experimenting with
    > >>> a fly that attacks the ants and kills them. Shows promise for
    > >>> eradicating a least one imported pest.
    > >>>
    > >>> Now, about them Formosan termites that ate two of my oak trees and are
    > >>> working on the last one we have.
    > >> But then the flies will probably turn out the be an issue. That
    > >> seems to be how things work.

    > >
    > > No problem. There's an exotic spider we can get which will
    > > eat up the flies after they've taken care of the fire ants.

    >
    > And then? It is endless.


    There's a bird from New Zealand which will eat the spiders.

  12. #12
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!

    On Aug 6, 10:33*am, "Phyllis Stone" <nob...@msn.com> wrote:
    > "George Shirley" <gsh...@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected]..> Mark Thorson wrote:
    >
    > http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/strange...ry_crazy_ants_...
    >
    >
    >
    > >>http://urbanentomology.tamu.edu/ants/exotic_tx.cfm

    >
    > >> They attack and destroy beehives. *So far,
    > >> only in Texas, but as their range expands they
    > >> may invade places where nice people live. *:-)

    > > It figures they would show up in Houston area first, one of the biggest
    > > ports in the country.

    >
    > I live in Houston and we seem to have every kind of ant you can imagine.
    > Out on the sidewalks in front of our house long streams of ants are coming
    > and going in single files. Then there are the other ants who go helter
    > skelter in no apparent order. I think those may be the rasberry ants. The
    > fire ants build mounds in the yard and give you very hurtful stings when you
    > mow the lawn and *get too close. Good times.


    Do you not kill them? Just askin'....

    N.

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    The Ranger Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!

    Jean B. <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Mark Thorson wrote:
    > > > New Ants Imported and Issues


    >> No problem. There's an exotic spider we can get which will
    >> eat up the flies after they've taken care of the fire ants.


    > And then? It is endless.


    I'm pretty sure he's teasin' y'all...

    The Ranger



  14. #14
    The Ranger Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!

    On Aug 6, 8:33*am, "Phyllis Stone" <nob...@msn.com> wrote:
    [snip]
    > I live in Houston and we seem to have every kind of ant you can imagine.

    [snip]

    Use boric acid mixed with sugar (8:1) in selected areas to assist with
    reducing your ant invasions. Ant stakes (Black Flag) also work to
    divert any sugar and carpenter ants along the borders of your
    property. You have to work at convincing them that your property isn't
    worth their inconvenience.

    The Ranger

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    Phyllis Stone Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!


    "Nancy2" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...

    >
    > I live in Houston and we seem to have every kind of ant you can imagine.
    > Out on the sidewalks in front of our house long streams of ants are coming
    > and going in single files. Then there are the other ants who go helter
    > skelter in no apparent order. I think those may be the rasberry ants. The
    > fire ants build mounds in the yard and give you very hurtful stings when
    > you
    > mow the lawn and get too close. Good times.


    Do you not kill them? Just askin'....

    N.


    We do. There is something we buy at home depot that you sprinkle a small
    amount on the mound and the ants take it inside and it kills the queen. I am
    going to be honest, I don't like killing but they can sting pets and
    children so you have to try to get rid of them.



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    cybercat Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!


    "Phyllis Stone" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > "Nancy2" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    >
    >>
    >> I live in Houston and we seem to have every kind of ant you can imagine.
    >> Out on the sidewalks in front of our house long streams of ants are
    >> coming
    >> and going in single files. Then there are the other ants who go helter
    >> skelter in no apparent order. I think those may be the rasberry ants. The
    >> fire ants build mounds in the yard and give you very hurtful stings when
    >> you
    >> mow the lawn and get too close. Good times.

    >
    > Do you not kill them? Just askin'....
    >
    > N.
    >


    Well she does before she coats them in choc and eats them.



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    Jean B. Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!

    Paul M. Cook wrote:
    > "Jean B." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> Mark Thorson wrote:
    >>> "Jean B." wrote:
    >>>> George Shirley wrote:
    >>>>> Saw a special on fire ants the other day and TAMU is experimenting with
    >>>>> a fly that attacks the ants and kills them. Shows promise for
    >>>>> eradicating a least one imported pest.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Now, about them Formosan termites that ate two of my oak trees and are
    >>>>> working on the last one we have.
    >>>> But then the flies will probably turn out the be an issue. That
    >>>> seems to be how things work.
    >>> No problem. There's an exotic spider we can get which will
    >>> eat up the flies after they've taken care of the fire ants.

    >> And then? It is endless.

    >
    > Not always, no. Back in 1990 in SoCal we had a huge issue with ash white
    > flies. They were so thick it was like everything was covered in gray dust.
    > They swarmed in thick cloud formations and when you drove they would
    > splatter against your car and cover the window. So they introduced a tiny
    > little wasp from Israel and within a couple years the problem was all but
    > eradicated. You sometimes see a few of them but but rarely. Some insects
    > have such a limited number of food sources that when they exhaust a source
    > they become self limiting themselves
    >
    > Paul
    >
    >

    Too bad that is not always the outcome of such schemes.

    --
    Jean B.

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    Jean B. Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!

    Mark Thorson wrote:
    > "Jean B." wrote:
    >> Mark Thorson wrote:
    >>> "Jean B." wrote:
    >>>> George Shirley wrote:
    >>>>> Saw a special on fire ants the other day and TAMU is experimenting with
    >>>>> a fly that attacks the ants and kills them. Shows promise for
    >>>>> eradicating a least one imported pest.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Now, about them Formosan termites that ate two of my oak trees and are
    >>>>> working on the last one we have.
    >>>> But then the flies will probably turn out the be an issue. That
    >>>> seems to be how things work.
    >>> No problem. There's an exotic spider we can get which will
    >>> eat up the flies after they've taken care of the fire ants.

    >> And then? It is endless.

    >
    > There's a bird from New Zealand which will eat the spiders.


    I have to laugh. Sorry.

    --
    Jean B.

  19. #19
    Gregory Morrow Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!

    cybercat wrote:

    > "Jean B." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> Mark Thorson wrote:
    >>> "Jean B." wrote:
    >>>> George Shirley wrote:
    >>>>> Saw a special on fire ants the other day and TAMU is
    >>>>> experimenting with a fly that attacks the ants and kills them.
    >>>>> Shows promise for eradicating a least one imported pest.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Now, about them Formosan termites that ate two of my oak trees
    >>>>> and are working on the last one we have.
    >>>> But then the flies will probably turn out the be an issue. That
    >>>> seems to be how things work.
    >>>
    >>> No problem. There's an exotic spider we can get which will
    >>> eat up the flies after they've taken care of the fire ants.

    >>
    >> And then? It is endless.
    >>

    >
    > This Subj. line, stupid tone repeated endlessly, is mostly why I have
    > Thorson kfed. He reminds me of my MIL, constant doom and gloom
    > emergencies.



    What, is yer MIL pregnant *again*...!!!???

    :-D

    --
    Best
    Greg



  20. #20
    mom peagram Guest

    Default Re: New Ants Spell DOOM For Bees And Agriculture !!!


    "Phyllis Stone" <nobody@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > "George Shirley" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> Mark Thorson wrote:

    > http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/strange...roblem_2730329
    >>>
    >>> http://urbanentomology.tamu.edu/ants/exotic_tx.cfm
    >>>
    >>> They attack and destroy beehives. So far,
    >>> only in Texas, but as their range expands they
    >>> may invade places where nice people live. :-)

    >> It figures they would show up in Houston area first, one of the biggest
    >> ports in the country.

    >
    >
    >
    > I live in Houston and we seem to have every kind of ant you can imagine.
    > Out on the sidewalks in front of our house long streams of ants are coming
    > and going in single files. Then there are the other ants who go helter
    > skelter in no apparent order. I think those may be the rasberry ants. The
    > fire ants build mounds in the yard and give you very hurtful stings when
    > you mow the lawn and get too close. Good times.
    >

    Get some food grade diotamaceous earth. Sprinkle on ant hills. they will
    dry up and go away.


    --
    mompeagram
    FERGUS/HARLINGEN
    http://mompeagram.homestead.com


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