Black Crazy Ant

Appearance:  Distinguishable by their unusually long longs and long antennae, in comparison to their small size, black crazy ants are approximately 1/8” long.  They are uniformly black in color.  Their name derives from the mis-directional manner of their movements when they are disturbed by an outside presence.

Location & Behavior Patterns:  Black crazy ants tend to nest outdoors, usually under rocks, mulch, or piles of leaves.  They can enter buildings, usually through cracks in the foundation, or around windows and doors.  Once indoors, they are attracted to sweet items, such as food left on the counter or in a pantry.  They may also be found in trails along the edge of a baseboard or along the edge of a carpet.  Note that a trail of black crazy ants is usually loosely organized and the ants seem to be wandering some of the time.

Treatment:Black crazy ants are a nuisance pest and are not harmful to people or property; however, they are very popular in Florida and can be very troublesome for a property owner.  Regular inspections and direct treatment to the black crazy ants’ nest is the best way to deal with this particular ant.  They are not attracted to ant bait generally, so treating them regularly, and as early as they are detected, is the best preventative method for taking care of this pest.

Black Crazy Ant