CRAZY ANTS

crazy ant on a white backgroundWHAT DO CRAZY ANTS LOOK LIKE?

The crazy ant, also known as the Raspberry crazy ant or the tawny crazy are reddish-brown, 1/8” in length and have 2 long antennae.  Crazy ant colonies can number in the thousands.  They overtake acres of land from livestock and can infest and interrupt services within critical electronic equipment.

WHERE DO CRAZY ANTS NEST?

Crazy ants nest in many different places.  Known to vigorously infest and damage electronic equipment and engines of vehicles and farm equipment these ants can be discovered just about anywhere.  They also readily take over and inhabit other ant nests by essentially overtaking the other ant colony and kicking them out.  Crazy ants have a unique ability to produce an acidic substance that is a natural anecdote to the effects of fire ant stings.  They use this substance as a protective coating on themselves and will proceed to overtake and overwhelm fire ants and their established nests.

WHAT DO CRAZY ANTS EAT?

Crazy ants are omnivores, which means that they will eat just about anything that may be sweet or a source of protein.  Most commonly they satisfy their sweet tooth craving for sweet food in honeydew (which is created by aphids or other insects), over ripened fruit, scraps of food from people, or honey from a beehive.  Protein sources can be other insects or small mammals that have been the target of an attack from a group of workers or the carcass of a dead animal.

ARE CRAZY ANTS DANGEROUS?

Crazy ants do can inflict a bite, but it is mild and heals quickly.  Most usually crazy ants are classified as a nuisance because they aren’t a direct danger to people themselves, but they do pose a threat to electronic equipment as they tend to gravitate towards making nests inside it.  These nests in electronic equipment have the potential of inflicting costly damage to the equipment. 

HOW DOES INNOVATIVE PEST CONTROL GET RID OF CRAZY ANTS?

Here at Innovative Pest Control, we recommend utilizing one of our year-round pest control systems.  Our Advantage Pest Control Services are specifically designed to keep your Eastern Texas property pest-free year-round from all common pests, and that includes crazy ants.

CRAZY ANT PREVENTION TIPS

If you suspect that crazy ants have decided to make your home theirs then don’t delay, contact one of our pest experts today because these ants can quickly become a huge issue.  To help prevent them from gaining easy access to your home or business here are a few preventative steps that you can implement:

  • Replace or repair all door and window insect screens.
  • Seal all cracks, holes and access points on exterior walls.
  • Trim landscaping, shrubbery, wood piles, leaf and debris piles, and trees back away from the exterior walls.

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