Crazy Ants Munch Through Houston

Shocking new ants species chewing up electrical equipment
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2008 3:12 AM CDT
"Crazy rasberry ants" pepper a cloth in Texas.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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(Newser) – Houston, you have an ant problem. Billions of ravenous ants have invaded the city and are chomping their way through the city's electrical equipment, causing shorts and failure, AP reports. The previously unknown species—dubbed "crazy raspberry ants"—apparently arrived in Texas on a cargo ship. The invading army is resistant to conventional ant pesticides.

Experts aren't sure why the ants are so attracted to electrical equipment but warn they're spreading fast and have been spotted near NASA's Johnson Space Center. "They're itty-bitty things about the size of fleas, and they're running everywhere," said a local woman plagued by the ants. "If you've seen a car racing, that's how they are. They're going fast, fast, fast. They're crazy."