Crazy ants, are spreading like wild fire across the U.S. Gulf Coast and they are seemingly indestructible. Crazy ants got their name because of the crazy movements they make, unlike other ants, these dart all over without any apparent intended path.
According to the Huffington Post on Oct. 26, folks down in Houston, Texas are scooping crazy ants up by the shovel full because the traditional ant insecticides don’t touch these darting critters. The crazy ants were first discovered in Texas in 2002, but they’ve spread to several other states since that time.
At least four states are reporting problems with the crazy ants today, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida. Researcher Joe MacGowen with the Mississippi Entomological Museum reports the crazy ants are found within four miles of Alabama right now.
While the crazy ants don’t bite or sting, they multiply at a rapid rate and they like to make their homes around tight warm places in your home, like electrical equipment and under floor boards and they also are known to make their home around car engines.
They move in swarms and take up residents in places where they could cause problems. One place finding problems with the crazy ants today is NASA’s Houston facility, the Johnson Space Center. While they haven’t done any major damage as of yet, the folks down there are worried about possible infrastructure damage with electronics, employees cars and other areas around the facility.
The ants are hitching rides inland to other states in car engines and in landscaping and building material, so stopping them is a tough task at hand. Mounds of crazy ants are swept up by people who live in the Gulf Coast states, but they keep coming back. You have to see it to believe just how much of a pest these crazy ants are!