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Rasberry Crazy Ants Are Marching Toward Houston

Update Date: Mar 31, 2014 09:29 AM EDT
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Rasberry crazy ants are marching toward Houston in swarms of hundreds of millions of insects and will arrive in just a few weeks, according to reports. 

Throughout the Lone Star State, these ants have already created havoc in more than 20 counties. 

The Rasberry crazy ants have been named after the exterminator Tom Rasberry who discovered these ants twelve years ago. These ants originally belong to South America but are thought to have arrived in the U.S. aboard cargo ships in 1930s. 

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"I've been in houses where every time you took a step you'd literally be stepping on thousands of ants with each step," exterminator Tom Rasberry told FoxNews.com.

These ants are also known as Tawny Crazy Ants and are more destructive and harder to manage than their cousins, the fire ants. Rasberry crazy ants are also known to fight and even kill fire ants outpacing them when it comes to collecting food for their survival. 

"They've gotten into electronic systems in chemical plants and shorted-out equipment that forced the plants to shut down entire units," Rasberry added. "When all is said and done, I guarantee you, you'd rather have the fire ants because they are much easier to deal with."

As precautions, experts suggested that people should remove mulch, potted plants and wood piles that the ant can thrive.

"They're just really a true nuisance ant. This can cause so much emotion in people dealing with it that they're at their wit's end. It can be traumatic for homeowners because they just don't know what to do," said Paul Nester, a program specialist with Texas A&M's Agrilife Extension Services who provides Houston area homeowners with tips on how they can protect their homes from the ants, according to Fox News.

 

 

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