"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 East Texas . specialist with the AgriLife Extension Service in Overton , in
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 there are as many as 23 phorid species along with pathogens that attack fire ants to keep their population and movements under control.
The maggot eventually migrates into the ant's head, but 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. This wandering stage goes on for about two weeks."
... So there's no proof that it works on humans ... yet ... so what. Clearly, this is an indication of a huge move to develop ways to make the impending doom of the human race all the more gory. Eventually, the phorid flies will perfect the zombiefication technique, utilize it on humans, and we'll not only have herds of bears, monkeys, and crocodiles waiting to pounce, but we'll also have zombie humans to deal with ... freakin sweet.
Further details on the step by step process of ant zombification can be found here:
Ant Zombies from the Planet Mars ...