While there are thousands of species of ants in the world, one particularly tricky one that we have to deal with here in the Pittsburgh area is the crazy ant. Crazy ants are an invasive species that can live both indoors and out. However, they cannot live outside when the temperature drops causing them to make their way into your Pittsburgh home. They derive their name from their erratic, zigzagging movement which looks crazy.
Crazy ants pose several problems if they enter a home including threats to our health and our property. Therefore, taking preventive measures is key if you want to ensure both your own safety and the safety of your property. In addition to this, knowing how to identify a crazy ant infestation will help you nip the problem in the bud and limit your exposure.
How To Identify Crazy Ants?
Crazy ants are light brown to black ants that grow anywhere from 1/6th of an inch to 1/8th of an inch long. They have segmented bodies, six extremely long legs, and two 12-segmented antennae that lack a club. As previously stated, crazy ants move about frantically. In regards to eating, workers will eat a wide variety of foods from dead bugs to fruits and plant liquids. Moreover, they will travel long distances for food which makes containing them rather difficult. Crazy ants are attracted to electricidal equipment, so you will often find their colonies around AC units and electric boxes.
What Threats Do Crazy Ants Pose?
While they do not transmit venom or have stingers, crazy ants do produce painful bites if they feel threatened or are handled. They can also contaminate food, countertops, and dishes if they come into contact with them. Finally, since crazy ants are attracted to electrical equipment, they can cause electrical shortages. This is particularly hazardous as it could result in an electrical fire.
Indications That You Have A Crazy Ant Problem
Given their propensity to travel far distances in search of food, the best way to tell if you have a crazy ant problem is by spotting crazy ants in your home. Also, if you have electrical shorts, it could indicate crazy ants built a nest somewhere amidst your power supply.
If you do not notice any signs of crazy ants, you should still take some preventive measures to keep your exposure to a minimum:
- Seal cracks in the foundation of your home.
- Seal cracks around window and door frames.
- Install door sweeps under all external doors.
- Store food in tightly sealed containers.
- Wipe up any spills from countertops or floors immediately.
- Trim back trees away from your home.
- Keep gardens away from the exterior of your home.
- Store garbage in tightly-sealed containers.
- Inspect any packages before bringing them into your home.
If you are able to accomplish these simple steps, you will reduce the chances of developing a crazy ant infestation inside of your Pittsburgh home.
What To Do If You Have A Crazy Ant Infestation?
If you do find you have a crazy ant infestation, or if you have any further questions about crazy ant prevention, do not hesitate and give the trained pest professionals here at Witt Pest Management a call immediately.
We’ll provide a custom-tailored pest solution that works for you and your Pittsburgh property. This could include a detailed inspection of both the interior and exterior of your home, sealing any cracks and openings through which ants may enter your home, and treating affected areas. We will also work with you to help prevent any future infestations.
Don’t let crazy ants take over your home. Give us a call today.