Clemson Entomologists Watch Crazy Ant Migration Near South Carolina

Clemson Entomologists Watch Crazy Ant Migration Near South Carolina

Ants are fascinating creatures. Although their colonies have divisions of labor, they communicate with one another and are able to work together to solve complex problems. This makes them extremely difficult to eliminate once established. Rather than spending countless hours battling them yourself with over-thecounter treatments that are a temporary fix at best, call pest control experts who have at least 18 months training from Purdue University on pest control technology.

The Island Pest Control technicians serving Hilton Head and Beaufort County are more educated than most technicians at other pest control companies. Our techs are often qualified in more than one specialized area. Sound like overkill? You’ll understand why it’s necessary after reading about the “crazy ants” currently invading South Carolina.

Tawny crazy ants

Originally from South America and the Caribbean, this particular species of ants are called crazy ants because they seem to run around senselessly. Appearances can be very deceiving. The ants voraciously feed on anything organic and can be devastating to farmers. They have even been known to kill animals that sleep or nest on the ground. This makes the tawny ants a danger to all aspects of agriculture.

Their sheer numbers create the problem

Scientists at Clemson University have taken a keen interest in these invasive pests. Eric Benson, a professor and entomologist at Clemson University, says that crazy ants multiply much faster than the other 200 species of ants currently in South Carolina. As these new ants overwhelm an area, they destroy trees, foliage, and all other species of ants. Also, approximately 90 percent of the ant species in South Carolina are beneficial to the environment.

Predictive models show the crazy ants being especially problematic along the coastal counties from Jasper to Georgetown. For Beaufort County pest control, call Island Pest Control. Rather than just giving a price quote, our highly trained technician will provide you with a free 58 point pest inspection.