Tawny Crazy Ants Have Arrived in Louisiana

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Have you heard of the Tawny Crazy Ant? It is an invasive species that has recently made it’s way into Louisiana. This incredible species can coat itself in formic acid as a defense against fire ant venom and also aggressively forages for their several queens.

Our own service supervisor, Daniel Hill was interviewed by Pest Management Professional on his first (and intense) experience in dealing with these resilient pests!

When a customer called to inform Daniel that his entire yard was covered in ants, Daniel thought that they were most likely Argentine ants, but was surprised to find out that they were not and were in fact, Tawny Crazy ants. Since no one had dealt with this species yet, Daniel had to do quite a bit of research to figure out how to exterminate them.

“I told the customer it was a new invasive species of ant, and that, at the time, there was no easy way to get rid of the pests, but that I was dedicated to keeping him safe and comfortable,” Hill recalls.

After different methods and no avail, Daniel discovered Louisiana was granted a quarantine exemption to use fipronil as a broadcast treatment, and that’s what ultimately did the trick.

Tawny Crazy Ants

Great job, Daniel! Read the entire story here