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Rasberry Crazy Ants are a non-native ant to the Texas gulf coast first discovered near the Houston ship channel

A year ago Matagorda County became the 18th county infested with the Caribbean Crazy Ant, better know as the Rasberry Crazy Ant.  Since we first discovered the ants in Wadsworth, Tx, we have now confirmed infestations in Bay City, Matagorda, Markham and Selkirk.  This ant is poised to affect everyone on the Texas Gulf Coast at some point.

My goal with this blog post is to bring information and a discussion to the general public.

Background

In 2002 a Pest Control Operator named Tom Rasberry found an unfamiliar ant near the Houston ship channel.  He collected the first sample of ants and sent them to Texas A&M for identification.  This is why the ants are called Rasberry Crazy Ants, later A&M identified them as Caribbean Crazy Ants.

 

 

Control

At this time there are few effective treatment options.  Most consumers find repeated applications of the general “bug” sprays to be ineffective.  Professional pest managers have a special label variance for the application of a termiticide to help keep the ants out of residences. However, this label expires in October 2012.  The big question is how are we going to approach the control of the ants in the future as infestations become more and more common.

Do they bite?

A question I get a lot, is do the ants bite? As if them not biting makes them OK.  The ants do not bite but can excrete an irritant from their abdomen.  The main problem with these ants is the volume of ants in the colonies.  I want you to imagine sweeping up dustpans full of ants for days on end and that will get you in the right frame of mind. Millions of ants have caused the contacts on pressure switches to short out causing damage.  In Texas City the ants shut down an entire Industrial Plant.

For Matagorda County what effect will these ants have on the cattle industry, grass/ agriculture industry, the few industrial plants and most importantly the Christmas bird count.

If you suspect you have these ants give us a call and we will gladly offer a free inspection.

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