Do you have any information on products that will control the Rasberry crazy ant?
Rasberry crazy ants are a new cosmopolitan pest active in a limited region of Southeast Texas. Though small these ants can have quite an impact. This is largely due to how they forage. Rasberry crazy ants continously seek food and seem to target anything in their path. They’ll readily prey upon other insects much larger than themselves and even young wildlife seem vulnerable to their aggressive behavior. In the yard they’ll quickly become a menace to the family and pets making the area uninhabitable.
When these ants first started making their way into homes, it quickly became apparent the traditional control options weren’t working. At this point there still are no sure fire options or procedures to follow but there have a been a few products that seem to work. As listed in our RASBERRY CRAZY ANT CONTROL article, the BIFEN GRANULES applied in the yard with some BIFEN IT sprayed over the top will get rid of current activity. Though not a permanent solution, it should provide 1-2 months of residual. Expect to treat during their normal “active” season which is early spring through Nov-Dec. At this point Termidor has been extended some expanded label use which seems to be getting good results. Still, it’s too early to tell what active ingredient or procedure will be best suited for this ant since they’re so new to our country. For now the best approach is to protect the property if you know they’re in the neighborhood. Once you find them on your property, you’ll have to treat most all turf surfaces – especially the mulch or thatch in the yard – to make sure no nest sites are missed. Like most ants, they’ll take advantage of any small untreated area so being thorough with this pest is especially important.
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