The crazy ant paratrechina longicornis, form in very large numbers outdoors an in homes. Which makes it difficult to locate and destroy nesting sites because crazy ants tend to forage long distances from their nests.
At least one jurisdiction has already suggested that the ants common be the long-horned ant to prevent it being confused with any other ant species.
Distribution of the Crazy Ant In The U.S.
The crazy ant is an agricultural and common household pest in Florida and most neotropical and tropical regions of the world, and is a all-encompassing pest in many locations. Its believed origin is Melanesia or Southeast Asia.
In the US, the CA has a widespread population from Florida to Texas and out west to South Carolina.
The crazy ant worker is small no bigger than 1/8 of an inch long.
The antennae of the are very long and with 12-segments with no club.
crazy ant is very easy to spot by observing its unpredictable and rapid movements hence the term crazy.
Life Cycle Of The Crazy Ant
Colonies of ants that are moderate to heavily populated. On hot evenings, large quantities of males gather nest entrances that are outside and can mill about excitedly.
It is an exotic invasive a pest in the Gulf States and Florida.
Reproduction of Crazy Ant
Nests can contain 40 queens and up to 2000 workers. They can reproduce throughout the year in warm climates like Florida. Workers are most likely sterile. Colonies are in temporary nests, which are highly mobile, and will move when disturbed.
In warmer regions, the colonies will raise sexuals at any time of the year. In northern Florida, winged reproductives is limited to the warm rainy part of the year typically spring to late summer.
Budding is the main dispersal and are rapid colonizers.
Feeding Habits of Crazy Ant
Workers are omnivorous which feed on dead and live insects, fruits, honeydew, seeds, and other household foods. The ant in can thrives in many places such in which worker ants can be viewed carrying insects and crumbs back to the nest. Workers have a symbiotic relationship with mealybugs and other piercing sucking plants pests for its sugary substance called honeydew excreted by these pests.
Nesting Sites Of Crazy Ant
The ant is very adaptable to almost any circumstance, The ant frequently nests at far distances from where it forages, ant nest can be found by following workers to the nest.
Management Of Crazy Ant
The crazy ant control can be obtained with frequent granular baits without the need to spray synthetic pesticides inside or outside the home.