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Rasberry crazy ants continue to spread

Posted at 3:54 PM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 19:57:03-04

An invasive species of ants called Rasberry crazy ants, or crazy ants, continues to spread throughout parts of the Coastal Bend. Crazy ants have been showing up more recently in neighbor’s yards, homes and electrical equipment.

Crazy ants don’t bite or sting, but they can become a big problem. When in large numbers, they can cause damage to electrical equipment, like air conditioners or computers.

A representative from the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service says crazy ants were discovered in Houston in 2002. The ants are an invasive species that get their name from the way the move around.

“I’ve honestly never seen ants move that quickly,” Rachel Starnes said, a Flour Bluff resident. “These looked more like cockroaches, kind of just like scattering and going really fast, which was really kind of freaky,” she added.

Because crazy ants move so quickly, they are very hard to control and maintain. Pesticides will only slow them down for a short time, and getting rid of them will be a long term process.

“I don’t want them here,” Amy Hart said, a Flour Bluff resident. “They need to be extinct. Somebody needs to come out and completely get rid of them.”

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