Proper Identification is the Key to Controlling Ants Populations in Louisiana
With 131 species of ants residing in Louisiana, and no one specific species considered to be at epidemic proportions within the state, it is not difficult to understand why the population of ants is so difficult to control. For the residents of Louisiana, the ant population can produce an annoyance level ranging from just being mildly irritating to extremely frustrating. What makes ants so annoying is that they can bite, and bite hard. Having the ability to identify the species of the infesting ants allows professionals to control the problem through various methods.
Some of the more common varieties of ants in Louisiana include the Rover, Fire, Pharaoh, Crazy, Argentine and the Raspberry Crazy Ant. Some of these varieties are merely nuisance pests, while others can sting individually, or in groups. Some have the ability to kill small pets and chickens. Many Louisiana ants are structural pests, preferring to live indoors rather than underground, or in mounds in the yard.
The Raspberry Crazy Ant
Often thought to be called a raspberry crazy ant due to its brownish, reddish color, it was actually named after Tom Raspberry, a pest control operator out of Houston, Texas. The crazy moniker makes reference to the insect’s behavior and appearance. Unlike most ants, Raspberry Crazys never march in single formation and instead move about erratically. Significantly more powerful than a fire ant, the raspberry crazy ant stands taller than Louisiana fire ants with noticeably longer legs. This species appears to reside mostly in the New Orleans area.
Many of the ant populations in larger cities including New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport continue to multiply and thrive due to an increased food supply. As humans leave food in open areas including picnic sites, city parks, and even their residential property, many of the female foraging ants will leave their protected environment to bring food back to the colony. Once the food has been discovered, the entire ant colony is quickly notified so that as much food as possible can be brought back to their nest.
A good exterminator will have board-certified entomologists on their staff to help correctly identify the ant species, so they can develop an effective treatment for the ant’s eradication. A complete inspection is usually required of the area and surrounding structures. With a full assessment, the pest control professional will develop the appropriate method of eradicating, removing or eliminating the pests from the area. Usually a combination of pest controls and liquids will be utilized to ensure proper eradication without disrupting any of the surrounding property, vegetation or structures.
While most DIY homeowners take the initiative of maintaining or controlling the ant populations in their yard and homes, with the high number of ant species thriving in Louisiana, do-it-yourself pest control usually proves futile. Pest control specialists will have the resources to quickly identify the ant species to instantly eradicate the immediate problem, and prevent infestations in the future.