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Argentine Ants

Argentine Ants are native to Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay and were probably introduced to New Orleans via coffee ships from Brazil in the late 1800’s. You can find these ants in colonies located in moist situations near a food source. These colonies can have a few hundred to several hundred thousand workers and many queens.

Argentine Ants, when found indoors, usually nest near a moisture source such as water pipes, sinks, potted plants, etc. The workers follow regular trails when foraging, and winged queens can sometimes be found among trailing workers. 

Argentine Ant Feeding Habits

They prefer sucrose-containing sweets but will increase their intake of protein-containing foods such as prey during the spring and summer. When found outdoors, these ants typically live in shallow nests about 8” deep located in moist situations such as under boards and stones, beneath plants, along sidewalk, etc. When it is too wet or too dry for them to live outdoors they will invade buildings in large numbers.

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Argentine Ants

argentine ants

What do Argentine ants look like?

Argentine ants are shiny and dark brown to black in color. Argentine ants have 12 segmented antenna, while their bodies are divided into 3 defined pars, the head, thorax, and the abdomen. Argentine worker ants are approximately 1/16 inch long but the Argentine queen can be up to a 1/4 inch long. 

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Are Argentine ants dangerous?

Argentine ants do not have a stinger and only bite if provoked. The bites from Argentine ants do not pose any major risks to people. Argentine ants do not carry or transmit diseases or viruses. 

Argentine ant habitat.

Because temperature and food sources affect where Argentine ant nests are built, they relocate quite often. Argentine ants prefer moist soil under some time of objects like pavers, sidewalks, driveways, large rocks, and boards. These nests are usually no deeper than six feet deep and are typically made of dirt, twigs, rocks, etc..  

How do I get rid of Argentine ants?

Ant problems can be quite difficult to eliminate. First off, a very thorough inspection of the property should be completed to find where worker ants are trailing. This will help locate the primary nest. Argentine ants are quite resilient. They are able to bounce back quickly after being eliminated due to their ability to easily reproduce. Walker Pest Management’s professional pest control technicians have been trained to find and eliminate all Argentine ants as well as other common household pests through our year-round Preferred Care Pest Control program. 

How can I prevent Argentine ant problems at my home or business?

Start off with a routine maintenance pest program from a pest control expert like those at Walker Pest Management then follow these tips should help prevent any Argentine ant problems in your home. 

  • Eliminate any standing water by reducing watering of flowers, shrubs, and potted plants around the home. 
  • Clean any drink or food spills quickly and remove trash from home regularly. 
  • Do not leave dirty dishes or standing water in sinks. 
  • Keep trees and plants trimmed away from buildings as they can be used as a bridge to access the home.
  • Make sure basements and crawlspaces seal properly with no cracks in them. 
  • Use caulking around windows and doors to prevent easy entry.
  • Repair or replace any ripped screens on windows or doors.
  • Trash cans and firewood should be kept at least 20 ft from home or living area. 

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