Tips to protect against crazy ants

To prevent crazy ants from gaining access to a structure, we recommend the following tips:

  • Trim vegetation away from the home to prevent pathways inside.
  • Seal all cracks and crevices on the outside of the home, including around doors and windows.
  • Clean up food spills and other potential attractants as soon as possible.
  • If an infestation is suspected, contact a licensed pest professional to treat the problem.

Crazy Ants

(Paratrechina longicornis)

Appearance

Crazy ants range from red-brown to grayish, and even black in color.

Size

Range from 1/12-inch to 1/8-inch in length.

Behavior

Crazy ants prefer sweets such as honeydew from insects. They also feed on seeds and insects for protein. They rarely follow strong trails and are known for their erratic movements.

Habitat

The Crazy ant is highly adaptable and can live in both very dry and moist habitats. They typically nest outdoors in the soil and in the cavities of trees and shrubs, but frequently enter homes in the fall or after rain. Once inside your home, they will nest in wall and floor voids, especially near hot water pipes and heaters.

Interesting Facts

This small ant gets it name from its characteristic erratic and rapid movement in its search for food.

Control

Do you live in South Florida and think that this ant may be invading your home? Hulett Environmental Services offers specialty pest control treatments designed to control and eliminate this pest!