Harvey Jacks, owner of Assassin Pest Control, was interviewed by the Austin American Statesman after finding and treating the first Travis County case of Tawny Crazy Ants or “Rasberry Crazy Ants” in Spicewood near Lake Travis.
This newer tiny ant in town has power in numbers-sometimes millions in a grouping! They arrive and fire ants start disappearing.The ant is about 0.125 in (3.2 mm) long and thus smaller than the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. It is covered with reddish-brown hairs. The colonies live under stones or piles -have no centralized nests, beds, or mounds- and have multiple queens. It also doesn’t sting or bite.
Crazy ants demand immediate treatment because of:
- the numbers of ants involved
- their love of electricity
- their attraction to human and pet food
- difficulties in managing them.
Call Assassin Pest Control to get expert help to control crazy ants 512-264-1760.
Here is an excerpt from the April 2012 article:
The ants were first sighted locally when a homeowner found them at a condominium complex in the Briarcliff area on Lake Travis in November, said Harvey Jacks, who has owned a local, family-operated extermination company called Assassin Pest Control for 28 years.
“There were hundreds just covering the floor, and after we cleaned them up more of them just came back in,” Jacks said.
He said he found out that the insects were crazy ants after sending a specimen to an entomology laboratory at Texas A&M.
Now he’s treating three of the units monthly with pesticides and trying to get the rest of the neighbors involved, Jacks said. “There’s no eradication for them; only control,” he said.