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Crazy Ant

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Description

Crazy Ant

Pest Stats

Color

Dark brown to black with gray sheen Legs

Legs

6 Shape

Shape

Long, segmentedSize

Size

1/16 – 1/8” (2.2 – 3.0 mm)

Antennae

Yes

Region

All

Habits

Crazy ants feed on carbohydrates and protein sources such as fruits, seeds, live and dead insects, and seeds. They can travel a distance to forage for food from the nest. Colonies are very large and can contain millions of ants. Some species clone the queen and her mates for faster reproduction. Colonies have multiple queens that lay hundreds of eggs. Although they prefer moist damp soil conditions, they can adapt to dry conditions. Crazy ants are both predators and foragers and can be very invasive. They have a protective shield to protect them from fire ants. By doing this, other insects such as birds and honeybees can be displaced. Crazy ants do not survive well outdoors during winter seasons in the northern states. They have a reputation for causing physical damage to electrical and computer equipment in industrial sites and residential homes.

Habitat

Crazy ants can nest in small cracks, crevices, and voids. They especially like moist areas. They do not burrow for form mounds. Outdoors, they can be found under potted plants, garbage, compost, timbers, rocks and stumps. They will often come indoors during winter months and after rainfall when food sources are scarcer. They can gain access indoors through small openings, cracks around doors and windows and vegetation near the structure. Once indoors, they will wander in search of food.

Threats

Crazy ants are primarily a nuisance insect. Although they do not pose a health threat, they can bite which can cause discomfort but no significant pain. Some people are allergic to ant bites, but this is very rare.

Rat Prevention

If you suspect a crazy ant infestation, call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection* immediately. This is the safest and most effective way to get rid of crazy ants. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.

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