Tawny crazy ant becoming a major pest in some states

This article, written by Dr. Danny McDonald at Sam Houston State University, appeared in PestWorld in July.

By now you have probably heard of a new invasive ant species that is terrorizing the Gulf Coast states.  There are tales of these ants shorting out electrical equipment, invading people’s homes in extraordinary numbers, and displacing the infamous Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta) with ease. This pest is the tawny crazy ant, Nylanderia fulva (also known as the Caribbean crazy ant, hairy crazy ant, and Rasberry crazy ant). It is difficult to explain to those that have not witnessed an infestation firsthand just how dense the populations of crazy ants can be. Under every stone, foraging up every tree, and crawling over every blade of grass, the tawny crazy ant is ubiquitous throughout the landscape in neighborhoods from Florida to Texas. It is not an exaggeration to describe their populations as biblical plague-like proportions.

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