And so it begins...... Zombies!

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    And so it begins...... Zombies!

    From KHOU:
    Zombie fire ants target Texas

    11:39 AM CDT on Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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    FORT WORTH, Texas—Some researchers in Texas are trying an unusual approach to combat fire ants—parasitic flies that turn the pesky insects into zombies whose heads fall off.

    “It’s a tool. They’re not going to completely wipe out the fire ant, but it’s a way to control their population,” said Scott Ludwig, an integrated pest management specialist with Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service in Overton, in East Texas.

    The tool is the tiny phorid fly, native to a region of South America where the fire ants in Texas originated. Researchers have learned that as many as 23 phorid species along with pathogens attack fire ants to keep their population and movements under control.

    So far, four phorid species have been introduced in Texas, where fire ants cost the economy about $1 billion annually by damaging circuit breakers and other electrical equipment, according to a Texas A&M study. They can also threaten young calves.

    The flies “dive-bomb” the fire ants and lay eggs, and then the maggot that hatches inside the ant eats away at the brain. Later, the ant gets up and starts wandering for about two weeks, said Rob Plowes, a research associate at the University of Texas at Austin. Although the ant exhibits zombie-like behavior, Plowes said he “wouldn’t use the word ‘control’ to describe what is happening.

    There is no brain left in the ant, and the ant just starts wandering aimlessly.”

    About a month after the egg is laid, the ant’s head falls off and it dies—and the fly emerges ready to attack any foraging ants away from the mound and lay eggs.

    Plowes said fire ants are “very aware” of these tiny flies, and it only takes a few to cause the ants to modify their behavior. “It’s kind of like a medieval activity where you’re putting a castle under siege,” Plowes told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for a story in Tuesday editions.

    Researchers began introducing phorid species in Texas in 1999. The first species has traveled all the way from Central and South Texas to the Oklahoma border. This year, UT researchers will add colonies at farms and ranches from Stephenville to Overton. It is the fourth species introduced in Texas.

    The flies, which are USDA approved, do not attack native ants or species and have been introduced in other Gulf Coast states, Plowes said. Despite initial concerns, farmers and ranchers have been willing to let researchers use their property to establish colonies. At the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in Fort Worth in March, Plowes said they found plenty of volunteers.

    Determining whether the phorid flies will work in Texas will take time, perhaps as long as a decade.

    “These are very slow-acting,” Plowes said. “It’s more like a cumulative impact measured across a time frame of years. It’s not an immediate silver-bullet impact.”
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    does everybody have their Zombie survival gear ready? It's coming!!!
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    I knew the Zombies would come one day!

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    HMMMM !!
    FDA approved decapitating flies..

    Remember the Gypsy Moth and Kudzu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boscobeans View Post
    HMMMM !!
    FDA approved decapitating flies..

    Remember the Gypsy Moth and Kudzu.

    bosco
    yeah...I had the same thoughts... Non invasive...government approved...until they find out 10 years later that they're destroying an entire ecosystem.
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    This article was in my local paper. I commented with : Too bad we can't do this to our elected officals in Washington, DC
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    Hey, those officials act like zombies anyway. So what would the fly have to do?
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    the zombies need to wait till i turn 21 to get my hand gun before they attack, i just went to the grocery store yesterday and bought some ramin noodles and 3 cases of water lol.
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    I read on the internet the only way to protect yourself from the flies is wearing aluminum foil on your head. I've made myself a sort of helmet/mask (looks kind of like this: Tin foil hat image by octolora on Photobucket) - what have you done?

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    I don't know... introducing a non-native species in order to control another has caused many problems in the past. I would be slightly concerned what these flies are going to do when they run out of ants to eat.

    Who's brains are they going to attack next? Maybe we should introduce them to Washington?
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    how weird is this.....it blows my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boscobeans View Post
    HMMMM !!
    FDA approved decapitating flies..

    Remember the Gypsy Moth and Kudzu.

    bosco
    Exactly what I was thinking. What are they going to introduce to kill off the flies once they run out of ants to eat?

    Remember folks, only head shots count when fighting zombies and err, zombie flies. Though I think in a pinch, WD-40 and a Zippo will buy you some time.
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    Oh my goodness. Playing god with the ecosystem is NEVER a good idea. It may seem good for awhile but then 5-20 years down the road you find out you've broken it. The ecosystem is a large very complex organism. This will not end well in the long run. You never know though. I mean, what if the flies go haywire and start attacking bees? If we lose the bees we are truly doomed. As insignificant as one spices seems, if you get rid of it it will probably affect another, then another, then us. Playing god with which species lives or dies is never a good idea.
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