Color: Dark brown to gray/black
Shape: Long, segmented
Size: 1/16 – 1/8”
Region: Entire US
Crazy ants are often seen running around in an irregular, haphazard manner when they are searching for food. They feed on other insects, aphid honeydew, fruit and seeds. Caribbean crazy ants build their nests outside, under rocks, or near foundations but will sometimes build them underneath floors or carpeting. Rainfall interrupts their food supply and they often journey out of their nest in search of shelter and nourishment.
Crazy ants will build nests in both dry and moist environments. Colonies from 2,000 to 10,000 ants are found in mulch beds and leaf piles.
Caribbean crazy are not a health threat, but are a nuisance when in your home.
Eliminate standing water. Pests, such as ants, mosquitoes and termites, are attracted to moisture. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house since they provide a pathway into your home. Make sure that there are no cracks or small openings around the foundation and that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home.
- On January 9, 2020