Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Why 'Crazy Ants' Swarm Inside Electronics

Nylanderia fulva, also known as the tawny crazy ant, hails from northern Argentina and southern Brazil.

Exterminator Mike Matthews got the call because the home's air-conditioning unit had short-circuited. Why an exterminator for a problem with an appliance? Because of the crazy ants.

Matthews has seen crazy ants disable scores of air-conditioning units near Austin, Texas, where the invasive creatures have been a real headache. The ants swarm inside the units, causing them to short-circuit and preventing them from turning on. Often the switches inside them need to be replaced, thanks to the ants, said Matthews, who works for the Austin-area pest control business The Bug Master.

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/37720-crazy-ants-invade-electronics.html

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