This identifies several species – the Tawny (or Raspberry) Crazy ant, the Yellow Crazy ant and the Black Crazy ant – not all are found in the UK, yet only the black crazy ant has made it as far as Europe so far.
The term crazy comes from the way they behave when disturbed – running in all directions, aimlessly, ‘crazy’.
Crazy ant species all have longer legs than other ant species, so they should be easily identified. They vary in colour as above.
The black crazy ant is reported to be invading the UK and bringing the risk of salmonella. The rise in non-native species is due to the increase in worldwide trade, giving several insect species an easy ride to new pastures.
As with all sightings of ants, professional pest control should be sought.