Crazy Ants Invade the South Destroying Electronics and Household Appliances
Crazy Ants, first identified in the United States in 2002, are invading the southern states, destroying electronics from cell phones to laptops and even air conditioning components. A new product from Emerson can protect outdoor condensing units from this invasive species.
Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) July 11, 2013
A breed of ants indigenous to South America has found its way to the southern United States. These "Raspberry Crazy Ants" are responsible for the destruction of everything from iPhones to laptaps and central cooling units. The ants are attracted to electrical currents. Once the little critter is electrocuted, he emits a pheromone, attracting all of his buddies. The swarm of critters face the same fate, shorting out electrical components.
Crazy ants were first identified in the United States in 2002, but many fear the infestation started earlier than that. These ants multiply at 10 times the rate of other ant colonies. Crazy ants do not burrow or tunnel like most ants, so they are always on the look out for a hole or cavity they can call home. Since their behavior is so unique for an ant species, the "crazy ant" nickname was assigned. They prefer the habitats of humans and move in nonlinear patterns. These ants are so tiny they can easily squeeze into laptops, cell phone, and you guessed it, air conditioner relays.
The really bad news is these ants do not respond to common pesticides. The good news for heating and cooling contractors is a special relay can save those outdoor units. Emerson offers the SureSwitch™ relay which features enclosed contactors, making them nearly impossible for crazy ants to penetrate. These universal and easy-to-install relays provide one more way to protect your customers' investment. For more information on the Emerson SureSwitch, go to Emerson SureSwitch.
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