Urban Pest Management Program
The Griffin Campus Urban Pest Management Program’s primary focus is the extension of academic expertise and research-based information to a large, diverse client base that is both internal and external to the University. County extension agents, master gardeners, homeowners, and miscellaneous business owners seek advice and recommendations regarding pest management practices and options. Additionally, the 8,000 employees of Georgia’s 1,200 pest management firms have ongoing needs for continuing education, pest management troubleshooting, and the provision of a trained and educated workforce. Through a continuous educational effort, the program serves Georgia homeowners by aiding in the development of a well-informed pest control industry.
The Tawny crazy ant is a highly invasive species from South America. It was introduced into port cities in Florida and Texas. It was detected in Albany, GA, in August 2013 and in Camden and Glynn counties in Georgia in August 2014. The ant somewhat resembles the invasive Argentine ant. This circular is meant to help homeowners and pest management professionals identify the Tawny crazy ant and differentiate it from the Argentine ant (also known as 'sugar ants').
Although rare, Formosan subterranean termite infestations have been found in Georgia. Formosan termites are not native to the U.S. They are commonly spread by movement of infested railroad crossties used in the construction of retaining walls and other landscape features.
Argentine ant infestations are often more common during uncommonly hot, dry summers. Warm temperatures accelerate and promote colony growth, and may lead to larger than normal ant populations.
Carpenter ants are perhaps the largest of the pest ants likely to be encountered by homeowners and pest management professionals. This publication has several measures to help prevent problems with carpenter ants.
View Urban Entomology Pest series