Texas Gardening forum: Raspberry Crazy Ants

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Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
May 4, 2012 4:46 PM CST
Just had to call the ATM extension office. Our yard is infested with these things. Found one in the house last summer but couldn't figure out what it was at that time...and now I know. Baaaad. Blinking

http://urbanentomology.tamu.edu/ants/rasberry.html
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
May 6, 2012 2:02 PM CST

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That is a nightmare scenario right there! I wonder if things like this will ever make us wish for the "good old days" when fireants were our biggest problem.
Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
May 6, 2012 7:55 PM CST
They are also taking over my veggie beds. I can spray the house and treat the nests as I find them...but not in organic beds. Yuck!

Thankfully(?) I have found a few fire ant mounds in the backyard so they haven't taken over the whole property yet. Interestingly, the Statesman just had a story about a research scientist at UT who is just starting a study on these buggers.
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
May 7, 2012 6:30 AM CST
They sound horrible. So sorry. Sad
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
May 7, 2012 4:34 PM CST
Terrible! I probably wouldn't recognize them if I saw them, even after looking at the info. I had heard about them sometime...a year or two ago, but at that time they were mostly in SE Texas!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
May 8, 2012 8:58 PM CST
I heard back from TAMU. I'll be sending them some 'samples' in alcohol. With all the rain, it washed out the previous nests so I'm waiting on them to re-gather.

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