Hairy, Crazy Ants Could Make Their Way Into GA

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ATLANTA 10-9-11

Hairy crazy ants are already menacing Florida, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Georgia could be next.

Experts tell say it may only be a matter of time before the flea-sized critters make their way northward to Georgia, just like the Formosan termite and the fire ant did years ago.

They're called crazy because each ant in the horde seems to scramble randomly, moving so fast that they appear as if they're on fast-forward.

They have a hairlike substance on them that makes them less glossy than other ants.

What sets the hairy crazy ant apart from other ants is the enormous size of their colonies.

The tropical ant has migrated from South America, through the Caribbean islands to the Gulf states, said Ron Harrison, director of technical services for Orkin Pest Control, a division of Atlanta-based Rollins Corporation.

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