What are Tawny (Rasberry) Crazy Ants?
Tawny (Rasberry) Crazy Ants are a non-native ant species that were introduced into the Houston area and are spreading to surrounding counties. This ant is one type of a group of ants referred to as crazy ants because of their erratic running behavior. The name Rasberry Crazy Ant is based on this behavior, and the last name of Tom Rasberry who first discovered the ants in the Houston area in 2002.
Tawny (Rasberry) Crazy Ants do not have stingers and cannot sting. Major concerns are that the colonies of this species are found in extremely high numbers thus enabling them to seek and harborage in circuitry units and short out electrical components and can literally disturb wildlife and outdoor activities. Close attention and immediate action is highly reccomended upon any sign of infestation!
Colonies of Tawny (Rasberry) Crazy Ants can be found under or within almost any object or void, including stumps, soil, concrete, rocks, potted plants, etc. These ants can be spread to new areas when infested objects are moved to new locations. They are currently known to be present in parts of several Texas counties including Jefferson, Orange, Chambers and Hardin Counties. Without proper treatment, the number of these ants will increase rapidly.
Typical control tactics are not as effective with this species because of the high numbers of ants that may be present. Do-it-yourself products do not provide adequate control. The best materials for control can only be applied by a pest management professional. (This Invasive Pest Species is not covered by normal routine service agreements) Research is ongoing to find better solutions.