Ants are the 3rd pest problem in the country. Ant control can be difficult, but there are some things you should know about how ants’ behavior can lead to big headaches for you and your home.


Crazy Ant: Facts, Identification & Control

Argentine Ant

Paratrechina longicornis, P. bourbonica, and P. pubens *There are over 150 described species and subspecies*

 

Characteristics:

Medium-sized reddish-brown, grayish to blackish ant. Workers of any one species all similar in size. Run erratically and quickly. Long and slender, with long legs and antennae. P. longicornis has especially long appendages. Usually seen in large numbers running erratically, so distinct trails are difficult to discriminate..

Diet:

Living and dead insects. Collect honeydew from sap-sucking insects and plants. Collect seeds. Forage for sweets, proteins, fats and other food crumbs in homes. P. longicornis may be seasonal in diet preference, preferring proteins in the summer and sweet foods in the spring and fall.

Argentine ants


Reproduction:

Any time of the year; Crazy Ant produce alates any time of year in warmer areas, May-October in central Florida north, but alates do not fly .

Pest control:

Numerous foragers in house or outdoors. Often forage long distances, so nests may be difficult to find for control. Restrict access to structures, bait indoors..