Crazy ants are becoming quite a nuisance along the U.S. Gulf Coast. On Oct. 26, Reuters reported that "legions" of tiny ants have been marching through several homes in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida. Many folks who have come in contact with these pests have been forced to treat their properties to try and control the problem but these ants are relentless.
According to the report, these ants don't sting nor do they bite -- but they do reproduce at rapid speeds. They "like to make their home in warm, tight spaces including around electrical equipment, under floorboards and in car engines."
Crazy ants -- also known as Tawny ants -- were first reported in Texas in the 1970's so this isn't something new that people are dealing with. However, over the past 40 years, these ants have made their way into different states and further inland. Not unlike other invasive species (like bedbugs), these ants can travel from property to property by hiding in landscaping and building materials or even on shoes or cars.
"You almost have to see it to believe what a nuisance these can become. I've been in people's houses where they show me trash bags full of ants they've swept up," said Robert Puckett, an associate research scientist at Texas A&M University (via Reuters).
Crazy ants are "the worst ever" this year but there doesn't seem to be a solid way to get rid of these pests for good. People will spray and/or fumigate but after a couple of days, the ants return. Check out the video above for more information about the Tawny ant invasion.
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