Crazy ants are moving their hairy-selves into southern states in the United States, according to a Fox News report on Sunday. Florida, Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana are being inundated with the critters that are said to be flea-sized. The name “hairy crazy ants” seems to be quite appropriate as they quickly scramble randomly and have dense fuzz or hair on them that makes them appear to be less glossy-looking than the ants people normally see in this country.
The report says that the ants bite and invade by the millions. Ridding a location of the ants is extremely challenging as common pesticides cause more ants to appear as they rush to the aid of the fallen ants. It has been said that if 100,000 crazy ants are killed by pesticides, millions more will follow.
These ants nest in sheltered, moist locations, unlike their cousins which take to ant hills - and they will eat just about anything that is plant or animal.
Control of the ants has become a costly venture in southern states who are burdened with the crazy ants’ presence. To date, the critters have infested homes and industrial venues in both rural as well as urban locations. They are allegedly natives of South America and traveling by motorcycles and moving vans. They’ve been found to have traveled in potted plants, hay bales, and cargo containers. Witnesses have seen them short out industrial equipment and overwhelm beehives with costly results.