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 range from red-brown to grayish, and even black in color.
Range from 1/12-inch to 1/8-inch in length.
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.
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.
This small ant gets it name from its characteristic erratic and rapid movement in its search for food.
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!
Termites can help predict the impact of climate change
As it turns out termites, those pesky critters that can destroy your families home may actually help predict the ecological changes shaped by climate change. According to the study by the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology termites are careful builders that locate their mounds in areas with the right balance of moisture and drainage and this intuitive understanding of geology and hydrology can help explain how a local ecosystem might evolve. “By understanding the patterns of the vegetation and termite mounds over different moisture zones, we can project how the landscape might change with climate change,” explains co-author Greg Asner.
Hulett recommends the following tips to keep ants from marching into your property this Summer:
- Wipe up crumbs and spills immediately
- Keep food in sealed containers and dispose of garbage regularly
- Keep pet food and water dishes clean and remove any spilled food
- Seal any cracks and holes on the outside of the home with silicone caulk
- Repair holes or gaps in window and door screens
- Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows
- Keep tree branches and other shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house
- If you see signs of an ant infestation in the home, contact a licensed pest professional promptly.