‘Crazy ants’ that feast on electronics and are invading the U.S.CANNOT be killed with normal insecticide
A new and annoying species of ant is terrorizing the U.S. and chemicals that kill off other types of the insect are proving ineffective against it.
The ‘crazy’ ant, named for the erratic trail it leaves as it makes its way across the country, originated in Argentina and Brazil.
But since it was first spotted in Houston in 2002, it has spread to some 21 counties in Texas, 20 counties in Florida and a few locations in Mississippi and Louisiana.
‘Crazy’ ants arrive in U.S. from Argentina and Brazil with taste for machinery and mayhem
The crazy ants wreaked havoc in their native Argentina and Brazil before finding new homes in Texas, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana, according to ABCNews.com. The only way they could have reached the U.S. was with the unwitting help of travelers, according to a new study published in the Biological Invasions journal. Read more:
‘Crazy Ants’ Spreading In The Southeastern US
In some areas where these Tawny crazy ants have moved in, they can outnumber all the other ant species there combined by a hundred to one. Joining me now to talk about the crazy ant is Ed LeBrun. He’s a research associate in the Brackenridge Field Station, part of the Department of Integrative Biology at UT Austin. Welcome to the show.
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