Crazy Ants Invade Louisiana

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A species of ant, known for its habit of running in an erratic, jerky manner when searching for food, has been spreading across Louisiana. First seen in Texas in 2002, crazy ants have been swarming Port Allen for at least a year, but they’ve now made their way to Baton Rouge.

Crazy ants enter homes in the autumn or after rainfall because both conditions reduce their supply of honeydew. Once inside, crazy ants usually nest underneath floors or carpeting. Outdoors, the nests are shallow and commonly found in soil under objects or next to foundations. 

To prevent Caribbean crazy ants, it is important to seal all possible points of entry around the house including small openings and cracks around doors and windows. Food spills and other potential attractants should be cleaned up as soon as possible.