HOUSTON, Texas (CBS Houston) – In the next few weeks, billions of Rasberry Crazy Ants will descend on Houston after already invading more than 20 counties in Texas.
“These ants are so much more powerful than fire ants. When these crazy ants move in they take over,” Tom Rasberry, a Pearland exterminator, told KPRC.
In 2002, Rasberry discovered the unique ant variety known as the Tawny Crazy Ant, but are nicknamed after him. The ants, which originally came from South America, are known for their sheer numbers and for their irregular movements.
“They’re 10,000 times tougher than fire ants,” Rasberry said. “They’re much more difficult to control.”
Rasberry Crazy Ants don’t sting or bite, but they prefer to live under rocks, in lawns and sometimes in trees instead of creating ant hills.
“They can get into electrical equipment. They get electrocuted, and unfortunately that signals other ants to the same place,” Paul Nester, a bug expert with Texas A&M Cooperative Extension Service, said.
Nester explained that an over-the-counter pesticide is not the best defense in getting rid of the ants.
“Changing some of your yard structure can be a good idea. No mulch. They love mulch,” Nester shared.
He also recommended removing discarded wood, but was against expensive pre-treatment pesticide services.
“Once you have them, and get them identified, that’s when you treat for them,” Rasberry said.