When it comes to pests there is one that is often a specialty pest. Most pests you can treat where you see them and that will eliminate the majority of the problem if not all of it. When it comes to ants you cannot just squish or treat the line of ants on the counter. This will only disturb the colony and they will find a way around the treatment. Ants have one job and that is to do their part to protect and support the colony. If they are supposed to be out looking for food they will not let anything get in their way. There is one particular ant that has seemed to become more and more of a problem over the last few years. The crazy ant, also called the Raspberry crazy ant because of the pest control technician that first noticed their increased presence. The biggest problem with crazy ants is that they are responsible for a lot of damage to electronics.
A Five Star Termite & Pest Control Explains What Crazy Ants Are & What You Need To Know
What is a Crazy Ant: When you are dealing with a crazy ant you will notice some very specific and unique characteristics that set them apart from other ants. Crazy ants are known for their erratic type of behavior. If you have ever watched some other species of ants they seem to stay in line and go at an even pace. Crazy ants are the opposite. They are normally a red or brown color and don’t have a stinger. Rather, crazy ants will bite which can be irritating and cause some itching and pain at the site. Another way that you can tell you are dealing with crazy ants is they have tiny hairs that cover their bodies.
Crazy Ants in Electronics: Aside from the standard reasons that ants are a problem, being a nuisance and also tracking bacteria on kitchen counters and food preparation areas; crazy ants actually cause damage. One of the most interesting things about crazy ants is they are attracted to electronics. They will congregate near electrical cords and that could lead to them being electrocuted. When a crazy ant is killed, it emits a smell that is called a pheromone that acts as a call to other crazy ants. You can see where this is going. The more ants that come, the more that die and the more that are called. The more dead ants on the cords, the more of a hazard they become. The wires that are being compromised can lead to an electrical short and a potential fire hazard.
Cazy Ant Prevention, Inspections, Control & Treatment in Cibolo, Universal City, New Braunfels & Greater San Antonio, Texas
When it comes to crazy ants they are able to live in many different habitats whether it is moist or dry environments. If you have debris around your home, they will start a colony there and then go out looking for food. They will eat insects, plants, fruits and other foods that they find around your property. One of the best things you can do to prevent crazy ants and other pests is to remove the clutter and manicure your landscape. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control offers expert pest inspections to detect infestations early as well as pest control services to minimize pest populations. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.