Color: Light Brown to Black Legs: 6 Shape: Segmented; Oval Size: 3mm (0.12″) Antennae: Yes Flight: No
Argentine ants are prolific breeders and constantly on the go. They are considered a major household and garden pest and when introduced to a new habitat, create ‘super-colonies’commonly displacing the native ants. Argentine ants will set up quarters anywhere close to food… in the ground, between boards and timbers, in concrete wall cracks, even in human belongings around the house. These honey-brown to black colored ants are only about 3mm (0.12 inch) in length. They are ranked among the world’s 100 worst animal invaders.
Argentine ants are well organized socially and will leave trails of food to avoid revisiting the same food source twice. In temperate weather, Argentine ants are usually found outdoors next to sidewalks, around plants or underneath stones or boards. When the weather gets too dry or too wet, they may find their way into your home. Once inside, they will forage for food, feeding on meats, eggs, oils, fats and sweet items like fruit.
Threats Posed by Argentine Ants
Argentine ants are an invasive species and have the ability to bite when threatened. Argentine ants are very aggressive, and although not poisonous, do bite people. Because of the enormous size of their colonies, they have huge appetites which can have a major impact on natural environments. Argentine ants are particularly aggressive toward other insect populations due to sheer numbers, resulting in a serious threat to conservation efforts and indigenous areas.
Argentine Ant Prevention
Trimming back trees, bushes and other landscaping from the exterior of your home can help to prevent these ants from making their way inside. Also, sealing around utility entrances will help to reduce the chances of these pests getting inside. Other prevention tips include: checking potted plants for ants before moving, sealing cracks and crevices along the foundation and exterior walls of your home or office, checking garden soil and building materials before moving, and making sure you keep tight fitting lids on outdoor trash cans.
Argentine Ant Control
Argentine ants can cause damage as they build their nests and forage for food and water. The best way to eliminate Argentine ants and prevent future problems with them is through professional help. At Western Exterminator,Pest Control our pest control professionals resolve Argentine ant infestations using a variety of different ant treatment techniques, including surveillance, baiting and exclusion solutions.