A "crazy ants" invasion is making life miserable in the nation's Gulf Coast region from Texas to Florida. News Max reports Oct. 28 that the ants are originally from South America, but the population of the insects has increased since they were discovered in 2002.
Despite using harsh chemicals on the ants, they continue thriving and have also been spotted in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia.
As the report points out of the tawny crazy ants invasion, these types of pests don't bite or sting like fire ants do. The bad thing about them is they multiply fast and live in confined, warm spaces humans often access -- electrical equipment, under floorboards, and car engines.
Huge groups of the crazy ants have invaded the mall area of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. They haven't done any damage, however. The concern lies in possible damage to electronics, employees' cars, and facilities.
NASA had hired an extermination company to help reduce the issue, but only so much can be done to prevent the ants' population. So far, 2013 is the worst year ever for the crazy ants. Ant control could add into the millions of dollars over a decade of getting rid of the ants.
State and federal funds help places, such as Texas A&M to eliminate fire ants and now the funding will have to go towards the tawny crazy ants invasion.