As of 2012, tawny crazy ants have invaded several areas of the southeastern United States, including 24 counties in Florida and parts of southeast Texas. The tawny crazy ant is considered a serious pest. This species infests buildings and greenhouses; attacks crops, domestic animals, and honeybee hives; displaces native ant species; and disrupts electrical equipment. This 3-page fact sheet covers the tawny crazy ant’s distribution, description, colonies, feeding habits, and pest status and control. Written by S. K. Hill, R. W. Baldwin, R. M. Pereira, and P. G. Koehler, and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, October 2013.
The contents of this EDIS fact sheet are also available as part of a perfect bound, full-color book, SP486, Pests in and around the Southern Home, which is available for purchase from the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore.
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