South American 'Crazy' Ants Are a Threat in Southern US

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Forget fire ants - South Americans could care less about those particular invasive insects, thanks to a new ant that is even more annoying and dangerous invading their neighborhoods. According to Fox News, the tawny "crazy" ants are even worse than fire ants and are capable of causing extreme pain to those they attack.

'Crazy' Ants Invade United States

The "crazy" ants venture far from their home mounds and are ending up everywhere, even inside the electrical systems and walls of buildings and homes.

Because of their presence, the crazy ants have driven out the fire ants, causing them to travel more southeastward. A study published in April found that there were little to no fire ants present where the tawny ants had taken over.

While they are ubiquitous, the tawny ants do not travel as quickly as the fire ants. Residents are being warned about checking their clothes, vehicles and bags so as not to carry and spread this new ant menace to any further locations.

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batemanlb

Home remedies for killing ants have been around for years. Yet we still have the pesky critters. If you want to fatten them up, use grits or cornmeal. Fire ants have nests deep in the ground, and more thaan one queen. You can kill thousands as they boil out of the mound, but they just move a few feetand start another mound. The best luck I've had is broadcast poison granules on the lawn and treat each mound with a bait. When they try to move you kill some more, amove them further. These new ones are apparently worse.

May 21 2013 at 11:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
michelle

Put a line of peppermint essential oil down on the entry points (where they are coming in) in the house. Most bugs and rodents will stay away from true peppermint oil. Works every spring.

May 21 2013 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KenHoosier11@aol

GEZZZ, All it takes is a littel cornmeal. Ants can not diguste it. Thay carry it back to there nest and it kills the Qunnen ant, and all the others in the nest.

May 21 2013 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
usmaels1

Sounds like a job for a naked Denese Richards to take care of...

May 21 2013 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
elgeezr

I use baking soda & also boric acid to control ants. Works slowly but thoroughly

May 21 2013 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
phil.smith2

"South Americans" ????

May 21 2013 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
msega17341

my final solution to crazy ants is the use of boiling water onto the mound.

May 21 2013 at 9:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Great Graydy

Like a hunter a good bug is a dead bug

May 21 2013 at 7:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linebacker

I have found that the aerosol cans of wasp/hornet spray is by far the best control for fire ants. Tear open the top of the fire and nest and very quickly soak it with the spray. It runs down into the nest and kills them all, even the queen. Within an hour or so, there is no evidence of any life left in the entire colony. (and it's relatively inexpensive).

May 21 2013 at 7:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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batemanlb

They moved. you can't spray enough for it to drip ten feet or so into the ground.

May 21 2013 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linebacker

Napalm is the answer.

May 21 2013 at 7:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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