Tom Rasberry

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Tom Rasberry is an exterminator from Pearland, Texas, who first identified the Rasberry crazy ant in 2002.[1][2] The ants have been known to short out many different types of electrical apparatus.[3][4] Rasberry estimates that he has spent over 2000 hours researching them.[5]

Pest control career[edit]

Rasberry started Budget Pest Control in 1989; the name was changed to Rasberry's Pest Professionals in late 2009.

NASA career[edit]

The Johnson Space Center hired Rasberry in 2008 in an attempt to keep the ants out of their facilities.[6] Rasberry found three colonies at the NASA site, but all were small enough to control.[2]


  1. ^ Blumenthal, Ralph (2008-05-16). "A Pest Without a Name, Becoming Known to Ever More". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b Gaudin, Sharon (2008-05-15). "NASA moves to save computers from swarming ants: Attack of the (computer) killer ants - pests taking out machines along Texas gulf coast". Computer World.
  3. ^ "Crazy rasberry ants, size of fleas, wreaking havoc across Texas". New York Daily News / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. 2008-05-14.
  4. ^ Ball, Linda Stewart (2008-05-14). "Ants swarm Houston area, fouling electronics". USA Today / Associated Press.
  5. ^ "Beware! Crazy ants on the loose". New England Cable News/ABC News. 2008-05-16.
  6. ^ Atkins, William (2008-05-17). "Rasberry, we have an ant problem: Exterminator saves NASA from crazy ants". iTWire.

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