Can Ants Infest Electronics?

While it’s most common to see an ant infestation near food or water sources, such as the bathroom or kitchen, there are some ants that are actually known to target electronics. The most problematic of these electricity-loving ants are Nylanderia fulva, also known as the “crazy ant” for its erratic behavior. More information can be found by visiting Affordable Pest Control.

 

What are Crazy Ants?

Crazy ants go by many names, including Raspberry crazy ants, named for a pest control expert in Texas named Tom Rasberry who first noticed the ants increasing in numbers in 2002. In Canada, the species of “crazy ants” that have become a bane for homeowners is the Paratrechina longicornis, sometimes called the “longhorn crazy ant,” which is believed to have originated in These tiny ants are just 2.3 mm long, making them smaller than the red imported fire ant, and they’re unique in that they create no centralized mounds or nests. Originally from South America, crazy ants have made their way into the United States and have proven to be very invasive, much like their cousin, the red ant.

Within 5 years of their discovery in Texas, crazy ants had spread throughout the state even faster than the red imported fire ant, which is typically considered the world’s most invasive species. Crazy ants have now spread throughout the Southeast United States. In Canada, crazy ants have been spotted in Ontario and Quebec.

Crazy Ants and Electricity

Crazy ants are known to infest homes and RVs, especially targeting anything that generates electricity. Like red ants and a few other species, crazy ants are attracted to electricity and electrical wiring, although no one really knows why.

Thousands of crazy ants have been found to make a home in a laptop, refrigerator, gaming system, or air conditioning system. Due to their small size, they can even infest smartphones. Once the ants make their way into an appliance, gaming system, or laptop, they can quickly cause problems. Along with destroying wiring, a massive infestation of ants can cause electronics to overheat. Unlike other ant species attracted to electronics, crazy ants will swarm inside a device until they form a giant, swarming mass until they complete a circuit and short the device.

What to Do About a Crazy Ant Infestation

The chemicals that kill the red ant have been found to be ineffective against crazy ants, making them especially problematic. If you experience an infestation of ants attracted to electronics in your home, it’s important to take action quickly by calling a professional pest control company.