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Old 05-08-2016, 11:49 AM   #1
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WARNING: Argentine Ants

In January of 2013 we picked up an infestation of thousands of Argentine Ants, (aka: Rasberry Crazy Ants), in only 2 days, in a COE park in Sommerville, Texas.
For the next 3 weeks we tried to get rid of them with various poisons, sprays and traps.

Finally, (in early February), we drove the coach home to Wisconsin and froze them to death.

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Ugh! I was just dusting (Sevin) for ants in my yard! Makes my skin crawl!


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Well we were warned about the Argentine ants at a COE campground in south Georgia last year but never did see any however a couple of months later my wife bought some bagged pine bark mulch and when I broke open one bag the little crazy ants came out by the thousands! They quickly invaded the flowerbeds and even took residence in my truck and SUV. Some spray insecticides seemed to work but finally by keeping Terro ant bait in the truck and SUV I was able to get them out and eventually from the flower beds.

Oh yeah I have a street mounted mailbox surrounded by a flower bed, during the ant invasion I found a note in the box telling me that until I got control of the ants in the box I could pick up my mail at the PO. I keep Terro on hand in the MH in case we encounter them in a campground.
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This is terrible how invasive species of insects, animals and plants get into our country.

Mel, I really hope they were, indeed, frozen and not some just laying dormant and being moved from place to place. Good luck!

The killer bees which started in the southern states have now acclimated to colder temperatures and are now moving north.
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This is terrible how invasive species of insects, animals and plants get into our country.

Mel, I really hope they were, indeed, frozen and not some just laying dormant and being moved from place to place. Good luck!

The killer bees which started in the southern states have now acclimated to colder temperatures and are now moving north.
Too many "Free Trade Agreements".
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This is terrible how invasive species of insects, animals and plants get into our country.
Mel, I really hope they were, indeed, frozen and not some just laying dormant and being moved from place to place. Good luck!
The killer bees which started in the southern states have now acclimated to colder temperatures and are now moving north.
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I very likely did transplant/relocate some Argentine Ants from the COE campground on Somerville Lake in Texas into other campgrounds in Texas, (and into a few campgrounds in Louisiana and Mississippi).

However after the driving the coach home to Wisconsin...and 2 months of outside storage in freezing temperatures, (February & March 2013)... my coach was completely rid of them... (and has been for the 3 years since).

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Too many "Free Trade Agreements".
FTAs have a very small impact on the cause of invasive species. International commerce and travel has for centuries been a cause for some of the fastest growing invasive species issues world wide. However, there are plenty of natural occurrences that support the migration of species from one natural habitat to another. In those cases the new habitat may not have been ideal but the species makes adaptations to the new settings.

gacamp & Mel gave good examples, all be it micro, of how species can move around because of human activities. In effect, they helped the crazy ants move around without any intent to do so.
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Having a few properties that have to be treated by the ant man himself.
Tom rasberry. Crazy ant founder These things are never going away. Just shoved over to next parcel of land.
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