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  • Yellow crazy ants cause mayhem in seven Tamil Nadu villages
  • Yellow crazy ants are among the worst invasive species in the world
  • These ants don't bite or sting, they spray formic acid

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Yellow crazy ants infestation poses danger to cattle and crops in Tamil Nadu villages

Yellow crazy ants are generally found in tropical and sub-tropical regions and are known to move in an erratic, uncoordinated way. 

An infestation of yellow crazy ants has caused mayhem in seven villages of Tamil Nadu’s Dindigul district.

The ants are attacking everything – humans, animals and crops – according to a report published by the BBC.

According to International Union for Conservation of Nature, yellow crazy ants are among the worst invasive species in the world.

Instead of biting or stinging, these ants spray reaction-causing formic acid.

The BBC report quoted farmers as saying that as soon as approach ant-infested areas for work the insects climb all over them causing blisters and rashes.

The report also said that the yellow crazy ants are causing the cattle to go blind and thus affecting the livelihood of the locals.

Many have been forced to flee their homes after they were swarmed by ants.

Yellow crazy ants are generally found in tropical and sub-tropical regions and are known to move in an erratic, uncoordinated way.

According to Wet Tropics Management Authority, an Australian govt agency, these ants are omnivores and their diet ranges from seeds and fruit to invertebrates like worms, grubs, insects, spiders and small vertebrates including frogs, nesting birds, lizards and juvenile mammals when they attack in unison.

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