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What now? Crazy ants!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 by Tai Moses

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any weirder around here, we’ve got crazy ants. According to Austin Water, new populations of the invasive tawny crazy ant have been found at Emma Long Metropolitan Park and Roy G. Guerrero Park. The utility pleads with visitors to these parks to “be on the lookout for these ants and make sure that you do not bring them along with you on your clothes or other items when you leave. Crazy ants are reddish-brown ants about 1/8-inch long that forage in trails or in a ‘crazy,’ erratic pattern of movement. Crazy ant infestations cause incredible amounts of damage to wildlife and electrical systems, and controlling their spread is critical.” If you would like to learn more about these ants and what makes them so cray cray, check out this UT page that describes efforts to control them.

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