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They are located in southern central part of the US. Nobody is actually sure where they came from (imported from a boat) but they are spreading slowly. Kind of like the killer bees.

Eventually they will cover most of the southern states, as they can't survive a winter. Similar to the killer bees. If they spread quicker or slower then the bees remain to be seen, but it's expected that they will be nearly 30x quicker due to the fact that they're nearly 30x quicker in establishing a nest.

For some reason they seem to be attracted to electronic devices.

IMO: Certain insects react to Electromagnetic fields thinking of food. Since all living beings have an electrical signature in their brain. Wether it's bioelectrical or otherwise. But thats my opinion (thus the IMO) and common sense if you look at other species who hunt via EM fields like the hammerhead shark etc...


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post #12 of 53
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Originally Posted by relic2279 View Post
They are located in southern central part of the US. Nobody is actually sure where they came from (imported from a boat) but they are spreading slowly. Kind of like the killer bees.
I think it's pretty obvious who imported them...lol. Let's just call them "illegal ants".
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post #13 of 53
I live in Texas. Heard about these rasberry ants on the news. They eat fireants but like electronics too. I think I like fire ants more, :-x.

Could you imagine returning a computer component that was destroyed by one of these?

"Well, I was playing HL2 last night and then my computer shut off. Opened the case and there was an ant nest on my motherboard. They even started speaking to me in 0s and 1s. No lies!"

or the excuse for not doing homework...

"I am was typing out my story last night, but damn ants ate my computer"
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post #14 of 53
dude, they eat fire ants. they're cool by me.
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I'm glad I finally left Houston. The reasons for getting out were many, this is just one more reason to be glad I'm out of there.
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dude, they eat fire ants. they're cool by me.
If they can destroy the fire and population then die out during the winter, that's fine with me. Just so long as they don't get in my house. They better stay outside before i have to seal up my computer.
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Bit of an aside here but maybe this is may be a ploy by the powers that be telling us it's time to make a move to fiber optics or another similar technology.
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post #18 of 53
aaaaaaw, why harm them, they're so cute.
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I would like to see a battle between a collony of these ants and a colony of fire ants, that would be a sick youtube vid.

Also looks like you guys down in huston are going to break out the RAID.
    
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I would like to see a battle between a collony of these ants and a colony of fire ants, that would be a sick youtube vid.

Also looks like you guys down in huston are going to break out the RAID.
LOL, RAID.

How did I know that joke was coming?!
    
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