Spam to be used to lure invasive big-headed ants

Published on Sunday, 4 May 2014 16:06 - Written by

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — 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 (backslash)

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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