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

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

What Is An Ant Farm?

Ant Farm

Basically, and ant farm is an articifical ant colony that is confined, and man made. Humans have long been fascinated with the organization and extremely structured life of ant colonies.

In most cases glass is used on either one side or both as the point of having an ant farm is usually to observe the ants regular activity. Ant farms can be without a lid as well, although it’s recommended to have one. If there is no lid, vaseline can be used along the rim to stop ants from escaping. Another good thing to consider, especially if the owner is an amateur with his or her first ant farm, is to not use potentially harmful ants such as Harvesters or Fire Ants that can sting, bit, and even cause serious allergic reactions and life threatening complications.

So, where do you get the ants? If you are getting them yourself, the best way to find them is to look under dried wood in and around around the yard. If you can’t find any, luring ants to you is usually not a problem. Simple pour a little sweet syrup that you have in your kitchen and wait for them to arrive.

Although an ant farm is almost always busy and quite active regardless of the number of ants and what type you have, it will last longer and be even more active if you can manage to find and capture a queen. If you really want a queen and a long lasting ant farm, but can’t find one, you can always order one. The same goes for the other ants for the colony. If you don’t want to go find them yourself, you can simple pay for them.

Feeding the ants is basically the same as luring them for capture. You can feed the, syrup, crumbs from leftover food, or dead insects. If you forget to feed ants, they won’t die  of starvation, but they do need water to survive. An ant farm is always to be kept mosit and out of the the sun so that the ants can have a regular source of water.  You will also want to make sure that you do not have too much water and flood the ant colony by mistake.

Ant farms can be interesting and fun, but be sure to pay attention to them. If you lose interest, then just let the ants go back to their busines sin your backyard.

How To Make an Ant Farm