UF Scientists Nearing Crazy Ant Cure
GAINESVILLE--A species of insect called "crazy ants" move quickly and erratically to avoid extermination. Scientists at UF are saying that they are getting closer to finding a way to get rid of them.
Alachua County is one of 20 counties in Florida that contain populations of the golden-brown, quick-moving invasive species.
They travel fast and furiously, can move colonies quicker than you can find raid, and have multiple queens in ratio to their worker ants.
All this makes the ants difficult to eradicate, say scientists at the University of Florida.
But this week at the Entomological Society of America Conference, UF scientists presented two formulas that kill crazy ants fast in lab testing.
"Most people will tell you they know how to take care of termites, they know how to take care of fire ants, but this particular ant has been very difficult for them to get a handle on." -Dr. Faith Oi, UF Entomologist
Scientists still advise homeowners to seek professional help if they detect crazy ant infestation rather than using store bought products.
It's crucial to get help early, and preferably in February and March, before breeding season begins in the spring.
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