What is a Crazy Ant?

Crazy and Picture

A Crazy Ant or Tawny Crazy Ant is also called a Rasberry Ant, named after a Texas Exterminator Tom Rasberry.  Tom was responsible for discovering the ant problem in 2002.

Below are some recent resources I gathered on the recent discovery of a new Crazy Ant.  The ant actually gathers around and in electronic equipment like computers.  A recent study in Texas found that the Crazy Ants are displacing Fire Ants.

Scientists have had trouble identifying this ant as a species due to confusion regarding the taxonomy of the genus, but it has now been identified asNylanderia fulva.[6] This ant is closely related to Nylanderia pubens, the Caribbean crazy ant;[7] however, unlike its cousin, it comes from Brazil and Argentina.

Here is a fantastic identification and information resource at Texas A&M.
Originally from : http://urbanentomology.tamu.edu/ants/rasberry.html

New Ant Species Arrives With a Taste for Electronics, Scientists Say – ABC News

http://news.google.comSun, 09 Jun 2013 10:40:08 GMT

ABC NewsNew Ant Species Arrives With a Taste for Electronics, Scientists SayABC NewsThere’s a new player on the continent and it is spreading damage from Texas to Florida in a scary assault that sounds like a really bad movie. “Crazy” ants on the mar …Crazy Rasberry Ants

Iinvasion of crazy ants in Houston,Tx Here’s a link to another video I found of the ants invading a …

Crazy Ants Taking Over Gulf Coast

Crazy ants take over the Gulf Coast. An invasive species of ant has become a nuisance in the Gulf Coast area of the southern United States. Known as raspberr…

Fire Ants & Crazy Ants Presentation

http://www.slideshare.netThu Feb 11 00:35:55 -0600 2010

 

 

 

Piles & Piles Of Caribbean Crazy Ants in Tampa, FL

Great video of an infestation of Crazy Ants

Caribbean Crazy Ants has invaded Tampa, Fl. See the piles & piles of ants at his North Tampa home. There is no cure for these imported ants, only monthly con…

Natural Ant Killer

Natural Ant Killer eBook

Natural Ant Killer

So your looking for a Natural ant killer ebook are you?  There are so chemical pesticides in our local stores these days that many of us just assume these products are what works best.  But in reality, there are many green, natural and safe alternatives which do just as good a job or better.  So I’m here today to show you one natural ant killer that really works.  It works so good that it should kill carpenter ants, fire ants, sugar ants and many other species of ants.

Organic Ant Killer Recipe

I want you to try using instant grits to kill your pesky ants today.  That’s right, go to your store and buy one (72) ounce box of instant grits or two of the Quaker Super Family Size (36 oz.) instant grits. Grits are a dry, very small white corn bit that expands and softens when boiled in water.  Grits are a common food item in the south and can be found in most southern style diners, especially ones that serve breakfast but people around the country are finding the great uses and taste of grits.

However, you are not going to boil these grits, they only work if kept dry. This method works best if you can find the ant nest or mounds and sprinkle the instant grits all around the ant mounds. If rain is expected or the ground is wet, you should avoid using this treatment, because when the grits get wet, they will expand and no longer work to kill ants. The grits need to stay dry, so that after the ants eat them, then the grits will expand in the ants stomach’s and kill them creating a natural ant killer..

Application Instructions

Grab your instant grits and begin by walking the yard or area where you are having an ant problem.  At every dirt mound you find, pour a generous portion of instant grits around each ant dirt mound and then leave the area undisturbed. It really is that easy.

Do not dampen or wet the instant grits before or after the application. Use this technique only on clear sunny days, because it is very important to keep the instant grits dry before and after use or application.

Grits will not kill ants on contact like your store’s commercial pesticides do.  They work best if given 24 to 48 hours of exposure, this is because grits are not toxic or poisonous and they need time to expand inside the ant. You should see results beginning within the first twenty-four hours and within forty-eight hours the ant colony should be completely destroyed.  This natural ant killing tip is best advised to use only outdoors and on dry, sunny days.

Warning

Avoid the use of instant grits around ducks and geese.  Ducks and geese cannot release the gases created by the grits and the grits can also expand inside their stomach just like the ants and cause death.  It’s a good idea to prevent any of your pets from eating the grits.

Shirley William,
ANTswers
http://www.antswers.com

Natural Ant Killer

Leafcutter Ants

Leafcutter Ants

Leafcutter AntsTypically found in the warmer areas of the Americas, Leafcutter ants feed on a special fungus that only grows underneath the nests that they build. In order to cultivate their fungus, and keep it free from molds, the Leafcutter ants feed it with contant freshly-cut plants (hence, the name). However those plant leaves have a little spice added to them first. The ants will add a little saliva and also a little rectal fluid before putting it on the compost pile.
If the ants encounter a plant that is toxic to either the fungus that feeds them, the can detect that through chemical signals, and then will discontinue cutting and add that particular plant in the future.

This fungus that is created from a mixture of the ants’ fluid and freshly cut plants hasn’t been seen anywhere else on Earth except for in the Leafcutters’ nests.

Leafcutter ants build humongous nests that can go deep into the ground up to 26 feet. These nests can have up to 8 million Leafcutter ants in just one colony. These nests are often referred to as cities because they are so huge.

Leafcutter Ants

Bullet Ants

Bullet Ants

bullet ants

Heard of fire ants? You probably have. They’re an extremely agressive type of ant that somehow arrived here from South America and rapidy grew into a mass production spread throught throughout the United States.

Fire ants are widely know as the dangerous ant whose bite is the worst of the ant family because of the burning and the allergic reactions some experience after being bitten.

Well, fire ants have a cousin still living in North America called bullet ants. Bullet ants are appropriately named since the aid of a sting from just one of them is compared to being shot with a bullet. We’re lucky that it wasn’t the bullet ants that decided to migrate to America.

Bullet Ants are norious survivors, and it’s not just from their work eithic alone. Many types are also known for their painful stings and their powerful bites. You’ve probably seen army ants in action. They can devour small prey in minutes and colonies can wipe out full areas of that prey when millions of them are on a rampage and moving in for the kill.

As strange as it seems, knowing the sever pain of  just one sting, there is a tribe in Brazil know as the Satere-Mawe that have an initiation rite involving bullet ants used to catapult young males into adulthood.  Hundreds of these ants are first captured. They are then drugged in a solution that makes the groggy and not so angry for a while – long enough to stuff them into large woven gloves or “mits”.  The elders stick the bullet ants into the woven gloves so that they are stuck by their stinger and can’t get loose right away when they awake. They beocme very angry and the young males must wear these gloves on their hands for 10 minutes. This can literally be hundreds of bullet ants stinging the boy’s hands! After the 10 minutes, the boy endures even more pain as it continues grow over the next 24 hours when it then subsides.

The kicker here is, it’s not just a one time thing. They will do this a total of 20 times to prove themselves to the tribe over time. Ouch.  That’s a lot of bullets to take for the tribe.

Bullet Ants

Bullet Ants

What Do Ants Eat?

What Do Ants Eat

What Do Ants Eat
Haven’t you wondered what so many tiny insects are actually rummaging for in your kitchen when they make their way into your home and frantically race around like their looking for something in particular?  So what do ants eat?

Even if you haven’t seen them in your kitchen, you might have had an infestation of some kind in another area of your house, garage, or shed, and wondered hat these little pesky insects are feeding on.

First, there are many different types of ants and not all of them feed on the same things.
For instance, on type of ant, named the Harvester, collects seeds and stores them for later.
There’s another type of ant name the Leaf-cutter that uses a method of growing fungus to feed on. Some ants even have their on distinct way of eating their food, like the Dalmatie, who is able to actually cook it’s food by chewing it to form patties, spit them out, and then let them bake in the sun before chowing down.

The types of ants we see the most though, are perfectly happy to terrorize your kitchen and hunt down anything you might have left lying around for guests. Their favorite thing to consume from your kitchen is anything you might have spilled that is sweet. Ants will get a ton of energy from our sweet food, and usually will get protein by eating other insects.

So, how do they satisfy their sweet tooth when they’re not eating up the small grains of sugar, or the crumbs from your 3 year old’s cinnamon bun? In a rather interesting, yet disgusting, way, ants will milk other insects using their antennae to force them to secret honeydew.

Also, colonies of some types of ants have workers with two stomachs. One stomach is to give themselves energy, and the other stomach is to store food for the non-worker ants in the colony. The worker ant will vomit from the second stomach to allow the others to eat.

Yuck!

Keep your kitchen clean if you don’t want ants eating your sugar and vomiting for their friends. 😉

What Do Ants Eat

Carpenter Ants

If you’re looking for information on those pesky ants that are showing up everywhere in and around your house, there’s a good chance that those are carpenter ants.

Typically, you’ll find carpenter ants near the outside, or on the inside of a wooden structure, they like moist wood. It is easy to identify them, carpenter ants are large, from 1/4″ to 3/8″ inches long, dark brown to black, some have red or slightly yellow coloration. All carpenter ants have a bent antennae, and a slim waist..  The female is identified by looking for small wings on the back, usually seen in the spring when the ants swarm.  Although carpenter ants can vary in size and color, the most common you will see are the black ones.. If you are noticing mass amounts of them around your house in the spring time, that’s because it is mating season and they are out looking for love.

Even though carpenter ants are found in and around wood, they are not the same as termites as they do not ingest wood.  Carpenter ant females are commonly mistaken for termites but carpenter ants have a narrow waist, bent elbow shaped antennae and smaller wings. Carpenter ants can cause structural damage to the wood, much like termites, but not nearly to the same extent. They prefer dark, moist areas like hollow wood where they can use the area and the wood itself to nest and breed.

If you can see excavated wood and carpenter ants are showing up in and around your structure, you can probably count on it being infested. Due of the nature of the nesting, it is extremely difficult to get rid of all the carpenter ants completely because it would be hard to actually find every single nest.

There are a few things you can do to help prevent an inestation of carpenter ants though. Whenever possible, keep your wood structure free of contacting soil and dampness. Also, do not stack wood against your building, and keep it free from holes, cracks, and dampness.

Types Of Ants: An Introduction

Types Of Ants

Types Of Ants

There are several types of ants in the world living in various areas from our backyard all the way to the rainforests. You can even find ants in some of the hottest deserts on Earth.

All ants live in colonies and any one colony that you might happen to stumble upon could have over a million ants!

There are quite a number of different types of ants, but some of the more well known ones that you might have heard of or come across are driver ants, army ants, honeypot ants, leafcutter ants, silver ants, fire ants, weaver ants, and bulldog ants.

Then, there are types of ants within each colony, meaning groups of ants that have a specific job to do in the heirarchy. Those are worker ants and soldier ants. All of them are led by one single ant that is the queen.

Although many types of ants will seem to act somewhat the same, their behaviour actually depends on their type. For example, army ants and driver ants don’t have permanent nests like many other types of ants.
The size of different types of ants can vary a great deal as well, ranging anywhere between 2 and 25 millimeters. Most of the time we associate ants as being brown, but there are also many red and black ants as well.

Did you know that some types of ants are eaten by humans and considered a delicacy? Honeypot ants are and example and that’s because they have oversized abdomens.

So where do ants live? Well, you’ve seen anthills and know that some types of ants live in the ground, but not all do. Weaver ants, for example, make their nests in trees by sewing leaves together with silk-producing larvae.

Ants are one of the most common living creatures on earth and although very small, can pose a serious threat to people and animals they tangle with.

Types Of Ants

Fire Ants

Fire Ants

Fire Ants
They even sound nasty with that name, don’t they? Fire ants are a threatening pest and have been known to do serious, idespread damage to farmer’s crops and their cattle, as well as humans. There were are two main species of fire ants, one black and one red. The black ones were somehow imported here from South America sometime in the 1930s and they spread like….well….wildfire.

Why did they spread so fast? Well, unlike many other types of ants, fire ants often will have several reproducing queens in one colony, instead of just one, laying eggs at an extremely rapid rate. The reason that they often do a lot of damage on farms is because when a a large area is cultivated, it removes any and/or all of the fire ants’ natural enemies, allowing them to basically do as they please without worry. In other words, they’re reproducing most of the time, never worrying about spedning time defedning themselves when they are in open areas with no enemies.

As humans, we can also be pestered by fire ants when they nest and colonize in building with rotten wood and similar areas in our dwellings. Fire ants don’t hide though. You can often find them in hot, open areas and you don’t want them to get angry with you. A fire ant’s sting can sometimes be life threatening, causing a allergic reaction that can last up to 10 days.

There have been steps taken in some areas of the United States to quarantine areas that have not yet have any signs of fire ants. That’s how much they are unliked.

Fire Ants

Army Ants

Army Ants

army ants
Army ants have long, pointed, lower jaws (mandibles) and 6 six legs attached to an elongated body that usually ranges anywhere from a dull brown to a deep shade of gold.

How do army ants communicate?
Contrast to all other types of ants and insects in general, army ants only each have a single eye instead of two. Their communication is largely based on chemical signals when they release a compound known as pheromones when they rub their abdomen on the ground. This lets the other ants know of a need food or maybe a call for back up in danger.

Typically, an army any colony has over a million ants which include soliders, worked and one queen they they work for and protect. What does the queen do? Well, she lays eggs the entire day while the soldiers are defednding and attacking any threat that might come near them (or her). The worker ants forage and some of them mind the queen’s eggs.

What do army ants eat?
Army ants feed on other insects and also will sometimes capture prey much bigger than them such as lizards, birds, and even pigs if the have a large enough group organize for a kill.

Army ants are known to eat upwards of 100 thousand insects in just one day, so these humongous appetite cause them to migrate, unlike other ants, and form temporary nests in other locations while they find more food.

Where do army ants live?
Army ants are also unique in the way that their nests are built. The nests are actually walls of the ants themselves and they are formed in a way to protect the queen and her eggs, yet still allow room through corridors for the daily work to be done.

Army Ants