What Invasive Insect will be In Southeast Georgia Next?

  • Hairy crazy ants are already menacing Florida, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana.crazyAnt
  • Southeast Georgia could be next.
  • Experts say it may only be a matter of time before the flea-sized critters make their way northward to Georgia, just like the Formosan termite and the fire ant did years ago.
  • They’re called crazy because each ant in the horde seems to scramble randomly, moving so fast that they appear as if they’re on fast-forward.
  • They have a hairlike substance on them that makes them less glossy than other ants.
  • What sets the hairy crazy ant apart from other ants is the enormous size of their colonies.
  • The tropical ant has migrated from South America, through the Caribbean islands to the Gulf states.

Here at GREENFROG PEST SOLUTIONS, we are continually keeping informed on any invasive species that could affect our customers in Appling, Wayne, Tatnall, Jeff Davis and Brantley Counties.

The “Hairy Crazy Ant” is thought to be a native of South America. Lately, it has been wreaking havoc in Mississippi, and invading other southeastern states as well, through a simple strategy of being hairy, and crazy.

“They’re on the move in Florida, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. In Texas, they’ve invaded homes and industrial complexes, urban areas and rural areas. They travel in cargo containers, hay bales, potted plants, motorcycles and moving vans. They overwhelm beehives – one Texas beekeeper was losing 100 a year in 2009. They short out industrial equipment. If one gets electrocuted, its death releases a chemical cue to attack a threat to the colony”, said Roger Gold, an entomology professor at Texas A&M.

The ants move in seemingly random directions at a frenetic pace. So far, no ant infestation has forced a human out of his or her home….yet.