A pest would have to be crazy to invade a home. Why? Because if they were caught, it would mean the end of their existence. But this doesn’t stop pests from invading. They do not have the mental capacity to understand how dangerous our homes are to them. All they see is easy food, water, and shelter. In short, pests aren’t crazy, they are just single-minded, or at least this is true for most.
One pest that certainly seems crazy is the crazy ant. The question is, what makes crazy ants crazy? To answer this question for you today and to provide you with some simple solutions to keep these pests off your Plano property, here is a handy guide to use.
How To Identify Crazy Ants
Crazy ants do not look much different than other ants. Identify one of these pests by its dark brown to black, 1/16" to 1/8” long body, and its gray sheen. Further, identify a group of these pests by how they move. As their name suggests, crazy ants move in an erratic jerky manner. They do this while searching for food and while running away from predators.
Are Crazy Ants Crazy?
What is interesting is how crazy ants' movements shift when they find a piece of food. Let’s stay these pests find a cheerio under your couch. The process starts with a single ant identifying that the large object is, in fact, edible. After this, workers gather around using their combined strength to lift the cheerio and push/pull it back to their colony. During this process, some workers might take on a leadership role, guiding the group to change direction as needed. Compare this behavior to a crazy ant’s normal movements and it is easy to see that these pests aren’t crazy at all. They just have a different method than other ants.
Are Crazy Ants Dangerous?
One bright side to crazy ants is that they are not dangerous. Although incredibly annoying, these pests do not pose any serious risk to human health. They do not spread disease, bite, or sting. They will, however, contaminate leftovers and boxes of food if given the chance by crawling through and over them.
How Crazy Ants Get Inside
Crazy ants get into homes in the same way many other pests do, by crawling through a gap, crack, or other opening. By their nature, crazy ants do not look at a home and try to find their way indoors. They wander around and will come inside if this wandering leads them to an entry point. Once they are inside, if crazy ants find food, they will leave a pheromone trail leading back to their colony so that other members can come inside to gather the food. If food is readily available, this process will not stop and an infestation will begin.
Five Tips To Prevent Crazy Ants
Seal your home’s exterior.
Address moisture issues in and around your home.
Clean up food messes and drink spills as they occur.
Pick up after your pets and clean out their bowls after every meal.
Keep your yard clean and tidy.
One Amazing Bonus Tip To Control Crazy Ants
There is only so much a person can do to control crazy ants. If you want a guaranteed solution to ants inside your Plano home, you need professional pest control. At All-Safe Pest & Termite, we offer comprehensive year-round treatment options for a wide range of pests, including crazy ants. Give us a call today to learn about our ant control service and find your way to a pest-free home.