Crazy Ant

Crazy Ant

This ant species has earned its name from its characteristic of erratic and rapid movement. Crazy ants are generally found in tropical climates, particularly the southeastern region. Their adaptation skills are very strong and can live in both dry and moist habitats. During the winter, they will forage and nest inside apartments, homes, and buildings.

Crazy ants have a wide diet range consisting of live and dead insects, fruits, seeds, and honeydew. The workers are known to gather seeds from seed beds of lettuce and tobacco crops. They usually prefer more of a high-protein diet during the summer months. Crazy ants can grow their colonies from a moderate size to extremely large and can raise their young at any time of year in the warmer climates.

Crazy ant workers are typically about 2½ – 3 mm long. The head, thorax (chest), and abdomen are dark brown to almost black in color. They are very long-legged, like the Florida carpenter ant, and are also very slender.