Crazy Ant

Crazy Ant (Paratrechina longicornis)

Crazy Ant
Crazy Ant (Paratrechina longicornis)

Crazy Ant Workers are Small
Description of Workers: Small workers about 1/8-inch (3 mm). The body has long coarse hairs. These ants are easily recognized by extremely long legs and antenna. Crazy ants get their name because they seem to run erratically with no apparent sense of direction


Crazy ants often nest in soil of potted tropical plants. It does not survive outdoors in northern climates, but can be a persistent pest when established indoors.

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