How to Get Rid of Argentine Ants
Argentine Ants Live In Shallow Nests
Argentine Ants reside outdoors, usually in shallow nests in the soil beneath a stone, board, near water pipes or any other item that provides protection.
A single colony can consist of hundreds of thousands of ants and as many queens and 10,000 female workers.There may be hundreds of colonies around your home. During the summer months, Argentine ants travel indoors searching for water and food.
Because Argentine ants can be difficult to identify, baiting is the best recommendation for controlling Argentine Ants. Advance Dual choice is a very effective product for getting rid of Argentine Ants. Place baits in forages trails this will insure that they ingest it and return it back to the colony. Do not use a liquid insecticide when using a bait.
Argentine Ant Facts
- Feed on sweets, fresh fruit, and buds of some plants
- Tend honeydew-producing species as mealy bugs and aphids
- Travel rapidly in distinctive trails along sidewalks, up sides of buildings, along branches of trees and shrubs, along baseboards, and under edges of carpets
- Colonies may split in spring and summer when queen and workers move to new site
- Workers are all the same size, small, 1/8-inch long
- Uniformly dull brown
- Musty odor emitted when crushed
- Millions of ants per colony with multiple queens and subcolonies
- Good sanitation, remove potential food, wipe up spills, etc.
- Block up cracks and holes where you may have seen the ants trailing through
- Trim back vegetations and remove debris, stacks of fire wood, etc.
Control Method for the Argentine Ant
- Baiting is the preferred method for controlling an odorous house ant infestation.
- An ant bait is a sugar or protein based food source ( Advance Dual Choice Ant Bait Stations)
- Place baits in forages trails this will insure that they ingest it and return it back to the colony.
- Do not use a liquid insecticide when using a bait
Argentine ants prefer sweet foods such as syrup, fruit juices or plant secretions as well as protein. Since Argentine ants prefer sweet substances, an individual may also opt for jelly or sugar water. If yours are the little Argentine ants, which prefer sweet food, try Terro bait syrup.
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