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'Crazy ants' likely to cause headaches for homeowners in the Pine Belt

Tawny crazy ants are a problem for some homeowners on the Gulf Coast. Photo credit WLOX. Tawny crazy ants are a problem for some homeowners on the Gulf Coast. Photo credit WLOX.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

There's a new invasive ant species pest experts say will soon be in the Pine Belt. 

They're called Tawny Crazy Ants and they're already causing problems for property owners on the Gulf Coast.

Their bite doesn't hurt and they don't sting, but they reproduce in large numbers and they can damage home electronics.

They're from South America, but they started showing up in Texas about 15 years ago. 

"We currently haven't experienced any infestations (in the Hattiesburg area), but it's like any other pest that we find along the Coast, eventually it makes its way north and we'll find that pest here," said Ken Davis, technical and training director for Havard Pest Control.

"We also have a species of crazy ant here in the Hattiesburg area that looks very similar. The only difference between the two is one is black, the other is reddish brown, so if you see a black one crawling around, that's not unusual."

Davis said the ants can be controlled with standard pesticides, but it usually takes several treatments, because they can re-populate quickly. 

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