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Spam to be used to lure invasive big-headed ants

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:33 a.m. HST, May 06, 2014

COSTA MESA, Calif. >> California agriculture officials are on the hunt for an invasive species of ant that's been spotted in an Orange County yard -- and they'll use Spam as bait.

The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/1i6Ltwq ) reports that 1,570 bait stations will be set up Monday in seven Orange County cities.

The ants love the fatty, oily food.

An amateur bug-lover spotted a colony last month in a Costa Mesa yard and agriculture officials have been trying to determine if there are other colonies.

The species is native to Africa and has a huge head.

If it spreads in California it could threaten the state's agriculture.

The ants aren't dangerous to humans.

Officials will try to get the OK from property owners before placing the bait stations in front yards.

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WalkoffBalk wrote:
Spam and ants wrapped in seaweed. Crunchy!
on May 5,2014 | 10:19PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Did all you spam lovers read that - "ants love the fatty, oily food".
on May 5,2014 | 11:20PM
kuewa wrote:
So? Ants love a whole bunch of ono food. Just leave some outside and see what happens.
on May 6,2014 | 12:40AM
Larry01 wrote:
Yeah, and so?
on May 6,2014 | 09:27AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Ants also love electric currents. How's your fireplace and wood burning stove doing?
on May 6,2014 | 11:14AM
cojef wrote:
The ants use the electrical steel cables to invade the home. Saw them coming out of the electrical outlet where you plug in appliances, etc. We live in a 2nd floor condo with underground parking so it's like a 3rd floor. Best way to protect your unit is to line the inside of the switch box and the plug-in covers with copious amounts of regular household vaseline making sure not get it on the bare wires. Do not know if it is "Underwriters" approved. Also applied it to our over-the-sink window sash with the same stuff around any openings showing sign of ants traffic. Solved our problems.
on May 6,2014 | 02:26PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I can't remember where but I heard that they like spam and you can use them for bait.
on May 6,2014 | 03:16PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Spam can also be used to lure locals too. Just top a musubi with spam and wrap it in a blanket of nori. It's too bad ever one around the world is starting to find out that spam is yummy. Spam is not so cheap anymore.
on May 6,2014 | 09:28AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
And if the spam doesn't do the job you can always crush the ants with the cans.
on May 6,2014 | 11:24AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Ants are indestructible. I once found a bunch of ants in my microwave and thought I was going to zap them by running my microwave. They just laughed at me and laid out their beach towels and got a nice tan.
on May 6,2014 | 01:04PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
You want to be careful with that microwave trick. After a certain amount of radiation the ants grow 36 feet tall and attack Tokyo.
on May 6,2014 | 02:41PM
loquaciousone wrote:
and with giant turtles and lizards I bet
on May 6,2014 | 03:18PM
seaborn wrote:
It'll be bizarre watching all the ants having heart attacks after the Spam clogs their arteries.
on May 6,2014 | 12:29PM
busterb wrote:
Actually watch the study wonder why the ants are living so long, like people in Hawaii.
on May 6,2014 | 12:40PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Seaborn & Busterb, obviously simple biology and chemistry are subjects that either of you did not study, or were taught to you mut you didn't pay attention to because you'all were thinking of a lunch in school of grits. Ants don't have lungs or cardiovascular systems. Thus, unlike humans, the fat in Spam doesn't clog insects' arteries because they don't have any and won't cause them heart attacks because they don't have hearts. Rather, pyrethrins -- the active ingredient in Raid and other insecticides -- enter insects nervous systems via the large holes they have in their abdomens -- in which oxygen enters their respiratory systems that take the place of mammal's lungs -- and paralyze them to death. So Spam won't kill insects, plants that contain pyrethrins in them will.
on May 6,2014 | 04:16PM
seaborn wrote:
Folks don't recognize sarcasm like they used to.
on May 6,2014 | 07:07PM
Skyler wrote:
I don't think that one ever did.
on May 6,2014 | 07:44PM
lokela wrote:
Next up Vienna Sausage.
on May 6,2014 | 02:37PM
gobows wrote:
and Luncheon Meat.
on May 6,2014 | 03:14PM
mineeyes wrote:
Might not going work, the big headed locals going naill that spam way first!
on May 6,2014 | 04:20PM
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