Jacksonville, FL Ant Control: Do You Have a “Crazy Ant” Problem?
In 2002, a Houston, Texas pest exterminator named Tom Raspberry encountered an army of ants he had never seen before. He observed that these ants were running around in senseless patterns, leading him to think that “they were crazy.” The incident was the first reported outbreak of these new types of ants, that’s why they’re often referred to as Raspberry Crazy Ants.
Since then, crazy ants have invaded 24 counties in Texas and continue to spread rapidly throughout the southern states, including Florida. According to knowledgeable Jacksonville ant control specialists, they have invaded at least 20 counties in the Sunshine State. Researchers say that these ants invade people’s homes, nest in crawl spaces and walls, and feast on electrical equipment. When the ants get electrocuted, they give off a distinct scent and attract more ants to the home.
“They don’t sting like fire ants do, but aside from that they are much bigger pests,” said Ed LeBrun, research assistant at the University of Texas at Austin. “There are videos on YouTube of people sweeping out dustpans full of these ants from their bathroom. You have to call pest control operators every three or four months just to keep the infestation under control.”
Raspberry Crazy Ants are about 1/8th-inch long, a tawny yellowish-brown in color, forage together in the millions and, wherever they nest, their number can reach 100 times all surrounding ants combined. On top of that, they are voracious eaters that eat almost anything in their path. In fact, they devour so many insects in the neighborhoods they populate that birds have to leave to find new food. That means these ants are changing entire ecosystems.
LeBrun says the ants will continue to spread throughout the United States because there are no natural enemies and no natural ways to control the population. Currently, their huge populations eat southern plants and insects. The good news is that they are a semi-tropical species that like warm, moist places, so they are not likely to spread into the northern states.
Nevertheless, there’s no denying that crazy ants are highly disruptive. Eliminating an entire colony can be difficult with store-bought solutions, but a professional Jacksonville, FL ant control company like BugManiacs can effectively control your crazy ant problems. Contact them for an initial quote.