Source: Texas A&M University

A new invasive ant species has been found in the Lower Rio Grande Valley that is difficult to control and can cause major damage to electrical systems in homes and businesses, according to an expert at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Weslaco.

"This ant new to our area is called the Rasberry crazy ant and people should know that it cannot be controlled with common, over-the-counter pesticides used to manage the more common ants here," said Raul Villanueva, Ph.D., an AgriLife Extension entomologist. The Rasberry crazy ant was first discovered in Texas in 2002 by a Houston-area pest control operator named Tom Rasberry, who lends his name to the invasive ant species, Villanueva said. 

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