"Crazy ants" have become a problem along the Gulf Coast. These Tawny crazy ants, as they are called, haven't caused any real damage yet, but they have proven to be quite the nuisance. According to a report from Saturday night (Oct. 26), there have been confirmed sightings of them in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida. Originally they came from South America, but were discovered in Texas back in 2002.
While they are definitely pests to a lot of people, they don't sting or bite, removing a lot of the danger that humans might face from other species. The trouble, though, is that they reportedly multiply very quickly and love to live in man-made structures. Those include areas around electrical equipment, under floorboards, and even in car engines. It would sure be surprising for someone to start working on their car and find a nest.
The fear is that these "crazy ants" will eventually pose a more serious problem and that the risk is there for them to cause damage. Intensive spraying efforts have been made in some areas, but the problem doesn't appear to be subsiding. Speaking about the situation, an associate research scientist at Texas A&M University (Robert Puckett) stated, "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."
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