Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Once Again, Texas Leads the Way

Thanks to Art Scott for the link.

Ants swarm over Houston area, fouling electronics: "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.

'They're itty-bitty things about the size of fleas, and they're just running everywhere,' said Patsy Morphew of Pearland, who is constantly sweeping them off her patio and scooping them out of her pool by the cupful. 'There's just thousands and thousands of them. If you've seen a car racing, that's how they are. They're going fast, fast, fast. They're crazy.'"


Anonymous said...

Wasn't it a cargo ship docked at Galveston that was nested by one the the stray queens in Them? Prophetic!


Unknown said...

Texas has been leading the way with ants for a long time.

Anonymous said...

Red and hairy--they could have been called raspberry ants without the involvement of Mr. Rasberry the Exterminator. Is that a real name?

Unknown said...

Real name.

Anonymous said...

Back when we wwre kids we came up with a great idea for a really cheap monster movie: "ATTACK OF THE INVISIBLE VAMPIRE ANTS." You show a Newspaper headline, "INVISIBLE VAMPIRE ANTS ATTACK TEXAS!" then shots of peope saying "ouch!" slapping their necks and falling over dead.

Somehow the powers-that-be in Hollywood missed this golden opportunity.

Unknown said...

Instead, they made Grease II.