Crazy ants are running loose in Central Texas and wreaking havoc everywhere they land. Most people who’ve encountered them call them the worst ants they’ve ever seen. Crazy ants don’t seem to mind the distinction, they easily live up to it.
A recent NY Times article declares that 27 counties in Texas have reported cases of crazy ants. They’re traveling quickly and they’re a force to be reckoned with.
Unlike most ants, crazy ants move quickly and handily with no clear intended path. To the naked eye they appear crazy. They zip around in large groups and can promptly form colonies of over 1 million ants. If you stand in their way they’ll swarm your feet . They’ll invade your air conditioner, make their way into your home or take over your lawn, making them all feel alive with the movement of thousands of ants.
When they invade your home they’ll quickly drive you crazy. Nothing stands in their way and they are extremely aggressive. They’ll infest your walls, take over your kitchen and destroy the plants in your yard. They drive out other ant colonies, including what many Texans have considered the worst ant species to this point – fire ants.
They carry two names: Raspberry Crazy Ants and Tawny Ants . They’re named for the man who discovered them, Tom Raspberry. An exterminator in Houston he was the first to spot the species in 2002. He predicted they’d move across the state, and he’s been proven right. This mobile and prolific ant species has proven difficult to kill and nearly impossible to control.
Drawn to electronics and electrically charged areas, crazy ants are frequently responsible for short circuiting everything from air conditioners to laptop computers.
Homeowners can try traditional home remedies for controlling crazy ants but will find them unsuccessful. As ants are killed by perimeter pesticide, their dead bodies form a bridge for new ants to easily gain access into your home without coming into contact with the poison.
Pest control experts across the state of Texas agree, crazy ants are one of the most difficult challenges affecting property owners today. There is no easy solution to get rid of the pests, but an expert with extensive knowledge about crazy ants is your best approach to control the damage and keep the ants from driving you crazy.