The Curse of the Crazy Ant

Nylanderia_pubensThey are called crazy, but the only one losing their mind is you. Houston residents are on alert for the invasion of the Tawny Crazy Ant. Discovered in 2002 by Tom Rasberry the ants were later nicknamed the Rasberry Crazy Ant. This unique variety of ant is known for its massive reproduction rate and “crazy” movements.

Crazy Ants do not sting or bite like its relative, the fire ant, but Rasberry says you are better off with fire ants because they are much easier to deal with. Crazy ants find their way into your homes and businesses feasting on everything from insulation to electrical systems and can easily take down entire structures. It has also been reported that they invaded an electronic system at a chemical plant and shorted-out equipment that forced the plants to shut down entire units.

Rasberry Crazy Ants thrive in mulch, potted plants and wood piles. Program specialist, Paul Nester, with Texas A&M’s Agrilife Extension Services recommends removing these bedding sources. If you feel like Rasberry Crazy Ants are a threat to your home please call Accurate Home Services @ 281-745-0234.

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