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Crazy ant invasion

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PORT ALLEN - They're creepy crawlers that won't take a break, and the fight to keep them away, is becoming costly.

Crazy ants, formally called, "Nylanderia fulva" have spread from Texas to Louisiana and they keep moving. They have now caused problems in Mississippi and Florida. They don't bite, but make their presence known, crawling around on the ground in spontaneous patterns.

Residents in Port Allen say they've been a nuisance for a few years, and there's millions of them, piled up along buildings and in yards.

"I'll be sitting on the patio and they be crawling all around me on the ground," said resident Ivory Brown. "I've been spraying them for about 2-3 months. They'll thin out a little bit, then they'll come back again."

The ants are transported easily, crawling on clothes and vehicles. Port Allen residents say they notice them slowly moving east toward the river and can be a problem around electrical equipment.

"They seem to be attracted to electrical circuits," said Fire Chief Rick Boudreaux. "They'll get into electronics on the fire trucks and any other equipment we have and short it out."

So far, there is no permanent solution to get rid of the ants. Spray and fire ant killer work as a quick fix, but the ants keep coming back.

"All this will do is move them from one place, to the other," said Port Allen Councilwoman Ray Helen Lawrence. "I don't know how much killing it'll do, because the next two days, my yard is full again."

To avoid transporting crazy ants, keep track of your belongings and make sure you're not carrying them with you and take advantage of ant killers.




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