If you haven’t heard about crazy ants and you live in Texas, some might wonder if you’ve been living under a rock. But if that was the case, there’s a good chance you’ve become acquainted with crazy ants anyway! These pests have gotten everywhere, but only in the last decade. Here is some insight into the history of crazy ants in Texas.
Also called Rasberry crazy ants or tawny ants, these pests were discovered in Texas in 2002 by an exterminator named Tom Rasberry. They were believed to come from South America in 1938 and although considered a problem then, it wasn’t until 2002 that there were large population explosions of these pests. It appears that these insects prefer the warmth and moisture of the Texas coast and problems with these insects abound in areas around Houston.
Although crazy ants aren’t known to deliver a painful bite, they will terrorize people by climbing on their feet and around their bodies, racing around quickly in what appears to be completely random and ‘crazy’ patterns. People in Texas are finding these pests packing into electrical units, including televisions, laptops and air conditioning units. No one really knows what attracts these pests to electrical units, but it is suspected that they are looking for a good colony for themselves in these hidden places, although some suspect they may be attracted by the electricity. When they infest electrical units in large numbers, they tend to create a circuit and short out the unit, causing damage or completely destroying the unit.
Not only do crazy ants infest electronic items, they are also known for infesting houses – enough so that people have been driven to sell their homes because of these pests. You see piles of these pests around homes, especially around the exterior. You may not even realize they are insects because at first they appear to be piles of coffee grounds. When you finally look closely, you can see the tiny, hurried ants crawling all over each other and you realize that what appears to be an innocuous brown pile is really an infestation of crazy ants.
Along with causing problems for home and business owners in Houston, crazy ants are known for decimating native insects. They will overtake other ants, including fire ants and pharaoh ants, as well as beehives. They have even been known to smother bird chicks that are attempting to hatch.
These pests are costing home and business owners throughout Texas (and now Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Georgia) millions of dollars in damages and if you have them on your property, you are probably looking for ways to control them. The best thing you can do is contact the Houston pest control professionals at Holder’s Pest Solutions. Our professionals can help you get rid of current infestations and offer tips and tricks to prevent these pests from returning. When it comes to pest control, Houston natives know that Holder’s Pest Solutions offers the most effective pest control solutions at the most affordable prices.