What do Argentine ants look like?
Argentine ants can most easily be identified by their massive colony size; a single Argentine ant colony may have hundreds of thousands of workers and hundreds of queens in it. Individual adult Argentine ants grow to between 1/16th and ¼ of an inch in length. They are a dark brown to shiny black color and have a segmented-oval shaped body with 12 segmented antennae.
Argentine ant behaviors
Argentine ants like to nest in areas where there is moist soil present. They can typically be found nesting next to or underneath of buildings, along sidewalks and beneath boards or landscaping ties. These ants generally nest outdoors but will move inside when the weather outside becomes too wet or dry.
They are omnivores and therefore will eat almost anything that they come across, but prefer sweet foods. These ants travel in trails from their nest to food source, dropping food along the way to ensure that they don’t waste time or energy revisiting an area where the food has already been consumed.
Are Argentine ants dangerous?
Argentine ants are not considered to be a dangerous ant species because they do not pose any known health risks to people. They most certainly are a nuisance when they come inside homes as they travel all over your house; including behind appliances and in beds.
Can Suburban Exterminating help with an Argentine ant problem?
Yes, Suburban Exterminating can help to control and eliminate Argentine ants that have infested your home or business. With customized service appointments, careful inspections, and unlimited service calls, our home pest control services offer peace of mind and a home free of ants and other pests. For business owners and managers dealing with Argentine ant problems, we offer commercial pest services.
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Argentine ant prevention tips
Here are some things that you can do around your home and property to help prevent a problem with Argentine ants.
- Place wood-piles, compost piles and outdoor trash a fair distance from your home.
- Trees, bushes and other landscaping should be trimmed back from your home’s exterior in order to prevent the Argentine ants from using their branches to gain access to your home.
- Be sure that gutters and all watershed systems are working properly to direct water away from your home.
- Repair or replace any leaky outdoor fixtures, indoor fixtures, pipes or faucets.Seal any cracks or crevices in your home’s foundation or exterior walls
- Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
- Store all food in sealed glass or plastic containers, or in the refrigerator.
- Keep your counters clean from food crumbs and spills.
- Rinse dirty dishes immediately and don’t leave them sitting around for long period of time unclean.