Crazy Rasberry Ants

Crazy Rasberry Ants
Size: 1/8"
Color: Reddish brown
Habitat: Outdoor with warm climate
Found: Throughout the US
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Crazy Rasberry Ant Control

Crazy ants, also known as Crazy Rasberry ants, get their name from the worker ants' "crazy" habit of running around randomly, irregularly, indirectly, and with nonlinear movements to forage for food. Although they are found all over the world, crazy ants are not able to survive winter seasons. That is why many homes and buildings will find invasions in the masses of Crazy Rasberry Ants. There are various ways in which a homeowner can kill Crazy Rasberry ants by using such things as baits and liquid insecticides.

Crazy Ant Identification

Crazy Rasberry Ants are characterized by their erratic behavior and movements. Although a single colony will seem to be fairly small, consisting of only about 2,000 workers and queens, interconnected colonies will often times result in an outstanding infestation. You may be able to identify rasberry ants by their long legs and antennae in comparison to their bodies. Also, crazy ants are known for their slender appearance. They are dark brown to black in color ranging in sizes of about 2 mm - 3 mm. Many will be surprised that Crazy ants will overpower fire ants. As a matter of fact, fire ants are a part of the diet of Crazy Rasberry ants. However, this is only because of their rapid reproduction rates. They reproduce on a much higher rate than fire ants do and simply outnumber them. There are multiple queens in just one colony and many small colonies will interconnect which results in millions of workers and hundreds of queens.

Crazy Ant Damage

Crazy ant in houses are often times a result of cold weather outside. Because Rasberry Ants are unable to survive winters and they are able to live with people inside, they will be found inside homes and cause a nuisance. They will usually nest under floors and in the wall void area near areas of warmth and moisture which include water lines and heaters. They can enter the house through any crack or crevice and also by utility pipes that lead indoors. Crazy ants may begin to enter the home in the autumn season or after heavy precipitation. Crazy ants are actually attracted to electrical equipment, probably because of the warmth that these appliances or areas provide. Other researchers believe that Crazy Rasberry ants are able to detect the magnetic field that radiates from the wires. Whether or not it is easy to nest in or they are attracted to some sort of force, the fact of the matter is that Crazy Ants nest in these areas inside homes and buildings. Many complaints of crazy ants will come from homeowners or even businesses that will experience electrical shortages, overheating, and mechanical failures due to a heavy Crazy Rasberry Ant infestation.

Crazy Ant Behavior

Crazy Rasberry Ants are able to travel up to 100 ft to forage for food. They will leave regular trails and can feel on almost household food. Although they feed on almost any household food, crazy ants prefer sweet foods and will even feed on small insects. When they are outdoors, their diet will include small insects, including another species of ants called Red Imported Fire Ants, aphids, mealybugs, and seeds.

How to Get Rid of Crazy Rasberry Ants

The most effective way to kill Crazy Rasberry ants is to target the nest directly. When crazy ants are observed, they will leave a trail that leads to the nest from their food source. Each nest should be thoroughly treated with a liquid insecticide. Outdoor treatment also includes getting rid of potential entry access points. If there are tree branches or shrub branches that can act as a "bridge" to your home, you must get rid of these. For perimeter, barrier treatment, a residual liquid insecticide must be used. Focus on all entry points including any cracks and crevices, window frames, door frames, and utility pipes that leads to the inside of the structure. You may also want to consider using several different types of baits in conjunction with each other to ensure bait acceptance. This will include a granular bait treatment, gels, and bait stations. Apply these baits around suspected nesting sites, around the perimeter where there are cracks and crevices, and along ant trails as they forage for food.

Baits can also be used indoors as a crack and crevice treatment. Fine granule baits are more accepted indoors as well as gels and bait stations. If there are Crazy Rasberry ants inside the house, they will most likely invading areas like interior walls or the wall voids. You can access these areas by taking the outlets out or through plumbing holes. You may also want to consider drilling holes and injecting the insecticide into the wall void. These insecticides include a dust insecticide to kill crazy ants or a foam type of insecticide that targets crazy ants.

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Q. what kills rasberry crazy ants?
A.   We have a bait granular called Advance 375A which is labeled to target crazy rasberry ants.
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Q. Crazy Rasberry ant infestations.
ant bait station will work?
A.   Crazy Rasberry Ants infest heavily in large numbers with multiple colonies and multiple queens. The bait stations will not be enough to control Crazy Rasberry ant infestations. We recommend using Termidor for treatment outside. Termidor is a highly recommended brand that can be used as an outdoor spray, as well as for soil treatment.

Crazy Rasberry ants are one of the tougher species of ants and the treatment required is more heavier than for other ant infestations.

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Q. kill crazy ants
I think I have crazy ants. They are only in my bathrooms. How do I get rid of them. I have sprayed Bengal in the weep holes around my house and sprayed the base board in the bathrooms. It is killing the ants but more keep appearing.
A.   Unfortunately, since Bengal is not a product that we carry, we do not have much information on it. For crazy ants though, we definitely recommend using baits like ant bait gels and ant bait stations, rather than a contact kill spray method. We recommend the Dupont Advion Ant Bait Gel and the Maxforce Ant Bait Stations.
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Q. How ofter should I treat for crazy ants
A.   It really depends on what type of treatment you are using. Concentrate sprays usually have a residual of about 3-4 months, depending on the product. Baits for ants, whether it is a gel bait or bait station, can be reapplied as needed or every 1-2 months. If you are using granule baits, you can reapply as needed or once every 2 months. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.
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Q. why does the productive windex kill these ants--where one can spray ex. your kitchen counter
A.   Common household cleaners can kill the ants, but it will not be effective in getting rid of the colony. Crazy Rasberry ants are especially difficult to treat because they are extremely pervasive and multiply very quickly. We recommend using items like Termidor SC outdoors and around the perimeter of the area. These ants mostly nest outdoors, so indoor treatment alone may not be effective. For indoor use, we recommend using Phantom liquid concentrate for crack and crevice treatments. It can also be used for spot treatments, leaving a residual for 2-3 months.
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Q. They are everywhere. What can i use to treat a 3 acer area?
We have been spraying everything. But the cost to treat 3 full acres is becoming to costly. What are our options?
A.   Crazy Rasberry Ants can be challenging to eradicate. The most efficient way with out excessive use of pesticide would be to do a barrier treatment around your home with Termidor and sprinkle ant baits around the areas where you are seeing most of their activity.
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Q. Can you buy termidor if you are not an exterminator
A.   Yes, because we have a broker's license that allows us to sell it to the general consumer. As long as you are following the product label to apply the product and it is registered in the state that we are sending it to, it is not unlawful to purchase Termidor SC in the 20 oz. bottles.
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Q. should weep holes be pluged to prevent crazy ants from entering my house
A.   All cracks and crevices can serve as entry points for crawling insects. Therefore all cracks and crevices, holes in the foundation, window frames, door frames, as well as cracks and crevices around utility lines that enter the building should be sealed to exclude pests from entering the building.
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Q. I have crazy ants in my home what can I use to get rid of them
A.   We recommend ant bait gels like Dupont Advion Ant Bait Gel or Maxforce Ant Killer Bait Gel. You may also want to do a perimeter treatment with a liquid insecticide like Phantom Insecticide. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.
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Q. Crazy Ants...is there more then one type?
Ihad heard the term "crazy ants"...but I am confused after reading your site. Are Rasberry Ants the only type of 'crazy ants' ???? ...When someone is talking about "crazy ants" are they talking about "Rasberry Ants" ??? You said they are attracked to "electric fields"...so would those plugin 'things' that are suppose to make insects and bugs not want to be around because they are creating a 'current' that is suppose to deter insects....does that plug in ...thing....actually attrack crezy ants???
A.   Crazy Rasberry ants are referred to as Crazy ants for short. They are attracted to electric fields and can often be found infesting electric boxes. As far as the plug in insect repellent, we are uncertain if it would have an effect on the crazy rasberry ants. However we would recommend trying a bait gel such as Alpine Ant gel for the control of crazy ants.
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