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Posted: Feb 2, 2014 12:24 PM

Updated: Feb 2, 2014 12:24 PM

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) With a multitude of ant species, some of them invasive, South Texas is better prepared to fend off the new, highly disruptive tawny crazy ants.

Raul Villanueva, an entomologist with Texas AgriLife Extension Service, tells The Brownsville Herald (http://bit.ly/1eiB00e ) that other than a major infestation in Weslaco in 2010, there have been no reports of tawny crazy ants in South Texas.

Villanueva says the abundance of ants in the area "balances things out."

Tawny crazy ants were discovered in the Texas city of Pasadena in 2002 by local exterminator Tom Rasberry. These ants, also called Rasberry crazy ants are known for their fast reproduction rate and being attracted to electricity. When they infest a house, often they have to be shoveled out from walls and crawlspaces.


Information from: The Brownsville Herald, http://www.brownsvilleherald.com

Topics: Texas-Invasive Ants

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