Crazy Ants in Florida
Facts, Identification, & Control
Crazy ants are another type of ant that belong to the over 25 different species of ants in Florida. Ants can be a nuisance, especially crazy ants, here in Southwest Florida. The crazy ant is a small brown to black ant about 1/10th inch long with a tremendous amount of energy. The Crazy Ant got named from the habit of running about very erratically with no apparent sense of direction. They are sometimes recognized by their extremely long legs and antennae out of proportion to the other parts of their body. This unusual feature is a good identifying characteristic.
Crazy Ants are found nesting in the ground, dead logs, fence posts, hollow trees, mulch, potted plants, small cracks, crevices and voids inside structures, and wanders throughout the building searching for food. The Crazy ant is very adaptable of nesting habits. They will nest in both moist and relatively dry environments. They prefer to feed on animal matter, grease and other insects, but will readily eat sweets of all kinds. The workers will forage 50 to 100 feet or more from the colony in search of food.
Each colony contains multiple queens. Crazy Ant colonies can become very mobile at any moment and will move from one site to a new site if conditions become unfavorable. New colonies are produced by budding apart and starting new colonies. Budding occurs when one or more queens and a group of workers split away from the original colony to form a new colony. Each year, thousands of their swarming alates or flying ants take flight and surround outdoor lights at night.
Treating or controlling Crazy Ants consists of three steps. First, is to correct any condition contributing to the infestation, such as excess moisture. Second is locating and treating existing colonies, using baits and spray insecticides. Third is to establish barriers of residual insecticide around the structure to try to prevent new Crazy Ants from entering the building. Certified Pest Control of Naples uses baiting and perimeter treatments to provide relief for Crazy Ant problems. Sometimes, a joint effort between us and the homeowner key in order to swiftly eliminate a Crazy Ant infestation.