If you live in Texas, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the Tawny Crazy ant. Also known as the Hairy Crazy ant, this invasive species has become a major problem for homeowners across the state. Why? Because they’re taking over lawns! In this blog post, we’ll explain what you need to know about Tawny Crazy ants and how to get rid of them.
What are Tawny Crazy Ants?
Tawny Crazy ants are small, reddish-brown ants that are native to South America. They get their name from their erratic, jerky, “crazy” movement patterns. These ants were first discovered in the United States in 2002, and they’ve been wreaking havoc on Texas lawns ever since.
How Do Tawny Crazy Ants Invade Lawns?
Tawny Crazy ants typically invade lawns in one of two ways:
By hitching a ride on potted plants or landscaping materials that have been shipped from infested areas.
By entering homes through cracks and crevices in the foundation. Once inside, they spread to other parts of the property, including your yard.
What Do Tawny Crazy Ants Eat?
Tawny Crazy ants are opportunistic feeders, which means they’ll eat just about anything they can find. In lawns, they’re attracted to soft-bodied insects like aphids and white grubs. However, in large enough groups, they will also eat other small creatures like lizards and young birds. Plus, they have a sweet tooth! These ants are drawn to sugary substances like honeydew (a type of sap produced by aphids) and fruits that have fallen from trees.
Are Tawny Crazy Ants Harmful?
Yes, Tawny Crazy ants can be harmful – both to your lawn and to your family. These ants are known for causing extensive damage to landscapes due to their foraging habits. Plus, their bites are painful and can cause discomfort and irritation for humans and pets alike. If you have young children or pets who play in your yard, it’s especially important to get rid of Tawny Crazy ants as quickly as possible.
How Can I Get Rid Of Tawny Crazy Ants?
Tawny Crazy ants are a major problem for homeowners all over Texas – but there is hope! In smaller numbers, you can apply an insecticide designed to kill Tawny Crazy ants. The key is to find the nest/mound and thoroughly apply insecticide.
For infestations, the best way to get rid of Tawny Crazy ants is to contact a pest control professional who specializes in these types of pests. At FullScope Pest Control, we have years of experience dealing with these pesky critters! We’ll work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that will effectively eliminate Tawny Crazy ants from your property – we’ll get your yard back to normal in no time. Guaranteed!
Despite your best lawn care efforts, at times, pests and lawn diseases may just become overwhelming. Calling a professional lawn service is always much more cost effective and a timesaver in the long run if you feel you are overwhelmed with Tawny Crazy ants and other pests that might be damaging your beautiful yard. This can help you deter expensive damage by getting a handle on things early on. Call our Texas FullScope lawn pest control experts today at 832-898-0190 for a consultation. Or email us at [email protected]. We can quickly help you get your lawn’s Tawny Crazy ant problem under control, as well as other expensive pest problems in your home or business.