There are several types of ants in Texas, however one that has garnered a lot of attention since its discovery in Houston in 2002, is the rasberry crazy ant. Unlike other common ants, the rasberry crazy ant is considered an invasive species which according to the Texas A & M’s website means “An alien species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health…” and is known for its erratic behavior when foraging. In addition to being a nuisance to families trying to enjoy their property in Texas, entertaining rasberry crazy ants may result in:
- Bites that may prove painful
- Transmitting pathogens
- Shorts in electrical circuits
- Equipment failure
- Displacement of other animals
Clearly, rasberry crazy ants are not a welcome sight for homes, hospitals and other types of commercial facilities but unfortunately they can be a hard pest problem to resolve.
The reason that crazy ants are such a challenge to get rid of is because they do not follow the same behaviors as other species and they are not affected in the same way as other species of ants. Instead of the ants following a well formed trail to the food source they are after, crazy ants display erratic behavior with no formation which makes the source of the colony hard to identify. Also, crazy ants are proving to withstand most store bought sprays which means that DIY ant control products are not likely to be effective.
At Holder’s we urge property owners and managers affected by rasberry crazy ants to work with their pest control company to eliminate pests using methods that have proven successful in bringing these “aliens” under control. For those who want to be proactive and would like to work on the preventing the spread of these crazy ants, try implementing these tips:
- Do not move mulch or other landscape items from an infested area to a non-infested area
- Clear ground of unnecessary objects to discourage nesting
To learn more about RCA’s or to find out how Holder’s can help you with this pest, contact us today. Offering effective home pest control and commercial pest management services in Houston, Holder’s Pest Solutions is the ideal choice.