Florida Rasberry Crazy Ant Control

Latest Florida non-native invader: Rasberry Crazy Ants

By Barbara Hijek October 11, 2010 07:01 AM

We’ve got pythons, iguanas and boa constrictors.

We’ve got monitor lizards and even the brown anole.

And now…

It’s like something out of a bad 1950s-era horror movie: “The Attack of the Crazy Ants,” reports The Charlotte Sun.


Johnny Georges’ ranch in Arcadia has millions, maybe even billions, of ants crawling on the ground, in trees, on every plant and on every piece of machinery and equipment out here. The carcasses of dead ants are so numerous, they look like piles of brown sawdust or mulch, reports The Charlotte Sun.

“It’s like a plague, like something out of the Bible,” Georges told The Charlotte Sun.

His property has been covered with “Crazy Ants” for almost two years now. They are called “Crazy Ants” because, unlike most ants, these don’t appear to march in any orderly fashion. Rather, they stumble around willy-nilly, zigging here and zagging there — hence the name, reports The Charlotte Sun.

Johnny Georges’ ants were identified officially as Rasberry Crazy Ants, he told The Charlotte Sun. They’re named after exterminator Tom Rasberry, who is credited with their discovery when they started to invade the Lone Star State about eight years ago.

These ants do not nest in the ground or in large mounds; rather, they find convenient spots such as under tree bark, in crevices in barns and houses, or under flower pots. A University of Florida IFAS Extension bulletin reports that a colony may have as many as 40 queens, reports The Charlotte Sun.

The good news, if there is any, is that Rasberry Crazy Ants destroy fire ants.

The bad news is that “after experiencing the Rasberry Crazy Ant, most residents prefer the fire ant,” according to a Texas Parks and Wildlife brochure.

Georges said he has tried any number of pesticides, both over-the-counter as well as professionally applied. “Nothing kills them,” he told The Charlotte Sun. “I spray, and they’re right back here the next day.”

Florida Rasberry Crazy Ant Control


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