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Posted: 1/6/2003 7:28:16 AM EST
Link Posted: 1/6/2003 7:32:26 AM EST
You are making the mistake of assuming that everything serves a purpose. Rather, every living thing occupies a niche where it has the chance to be successful. Fire ants are successful and that is their only "purpose."
Link Posted: 1/6/2003 7:35:05 AM EST
They are useful in cleaning all of the meat off pig skulls.
Link Posted: 1/6/2003 7:56:03 AM EST
Now while ants do perform scavenger duties which do provide some benefit......on the other hand, MOSQUITOS SERVE ABSOLUTLY NO PURPOSE IN LIFE EXCEPT LIVE OFF OF SOME OTHER BEING AND TO SUCK THE LIFE OUT OF IT'S HOST !!!!! Kinda sounds like liberals huh. Fall back and nuke them from orbit....it's the only way to be sure.
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Link Posted: 1/6/2003 8:59:19 AM EST
Hey, it was just a simple mistake! They got off the boat in Mobile, Alabama, some time in the 1930s and just decided to stay! Talk about illegal aliens! Now they range from Florida to Texas! And all we've done is manage to kill off all of the predators who may have been able to control them! Like horny toads! [:D] Eric The(Natural)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 1/6/2003 9:02:49 AM EST
FireAnt Festival That's right! It was a crazy celebration of that mean and pesky critter! The festival is held annually the second weekend in October, downtown on the square in historic Marshall, Texas. This year, the mild autumn weather brought a huge crowd to downtown Marshall. The parade was filled with local color including many entries from ETBU student assosciations in celebration of the ETBU Homecoming Game to be held the afternoon of the Fire Ant Festival. [img]http://marshall-chamber.com/images/SJ-Fire%20Ants.JPG[/img] [img]http://marshall-chamber.com/images/narshallband.jpg[/img] [img]http://marshall-chamber.com/images/fireantfiretruck.jpg[/img] Mark your calendar to join us again in 2003 for the next FIRE ANT FESTIVAL! [url]http://www.marshall-chamber.com/[/url] [url]http://www.threeoaks-marshall.com[/url]
Link Posted: 1/6/2003 9:24:00 AM EST
Originally Posted By TheRicker: not JUST pig skulls...
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Obviously, that was just one specific use for them. They work very well on human skulls also.
Link Posted: 1/6/2003 9:31:58 AM EST
Originally Posted By Hawkeye:
Originally Posted By SPECTRE: Now while ants do perform scavenger duties which do provide some benefit......on the other hand, MOSQUITOS SERVE ABSOLUTLY NO PURPOSE IN LIFE EXCEPT LIVE OFF OF SOME OTHER BEING AND TO SUCK THE LIFE OUT OF IT'S HOST !!!!! Kinda sounds like liberals huh. Fall back and nuke them from orbit....it's the only way to be sure.
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THAT Sir, is a topic all unto itself!! Have you guys that dont live in FL ever seen in person one of our lovely Tiger mosquitoes?? I will refrain from a rant on them, and their loverly little cousins, the Sand Gnat.
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I have'nt run into your tigers but the sand gnats I have. I have also spent time in Alaska, mosquitos there are basically the size of small birds.
Link Posted: 1/6/2003 9:38:15 AM EST
Link Posted: 1/6/2003 9:41:32 AM EST
When I lived in Columbia SC in the 80's I went in the back yard dressed only in a pair of loose shorts one fine Saturday morning. A fire ant climed up my leg and in my shorts and proceded to munch on the end of a very sensitive part. I ran inside and yanked the ant off and it has been war sence.
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Link Posted: 1/6/2003 5:17:44 PM EST
If there was a chemical or pesticide that would actually work on these critters, they would never have gotten out of the State of Alabama! The EPA wasn't around to prevent all the really good and deadly chemicals from being used in the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s! So there were some hellacious chemicals that were used....but to no avail! All they succeeded in doing was killing every other creature in the vicinity, with little if any effect on the fireant! There is one natural enemy that can take on the fireant nicely! The ordinary red ant, or harvester ant! They can be seen 'grazing' on fireant mounds. Only problem is - the same chemicals that have proven so ineffective on the fireant, have taken their toll on red and harvester ants! Eric The(Naturalist)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 1/7/2003 2:32:05 AM EST
Oh I dunno about that ETH. I used quite a few gallons of "Oklahoma Bug Killer" in 92 octane to get rid of the fire ant problem I had. And most of them were "real" fire ants when I was done with them. [x]
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[Last Edit: 1/7/2003 2:54:31 AM EST by kpel308]
Link Posted: 1/7/2003 4:06:49 AM EST
Originally Posted By RikWriter: You are making the mistake of assuming that everything serves a purpose. Rather, every living thing occupies a niche where it has the chance to be successful. Fire ants are successful and that is their only "purpose."
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Well put!
Link Posted: 1/7/2003 4:19:11 AM EST
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Link Posted: 1/7/2003 4:23:03 AM EST
Originally Posted By SPECTRE:
Originally Posted By Hawkeye:
Originally Posted By SPECTRE: Now while ants do perform scavenger duties which do provide some benefit......on the other hand, MOSQUITOS SERVE ABSOLUTLY NO PURPOSE IN LIFE EXCEPT LIVE OFF OF SOME OTHER BEING AND TO SUCK THE LIFE OUT OF IT'S HOST !!!!! Kinda sounds like liberals huh. Fall back and nuke them from orbit....it's the only way to be sure.
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THAT Sir, is a topic all unto itself!! Have you guys that dont live in FL ever seen in person one of our lovely Tiger mosquitoes?? I will refrain from a rant on them, and their loverly little cousins, the Sand Gnat.
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I have'nt run into your tigers but the sand gnats I have. I have also spent time in Alaska, mosquitos there are basically the size of small birds.
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And swarm in clouds that blot out the sun.
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