What are Argentine ants?
Argentine ants are well-known for their extremely large colony sizes. A single colony could have hundreds of thousands of workers and hundreds of queens in it.
Adults range from light brown, to dark brown, to black in color; and they can grow to be between 1/16th and ¼ of an inch in length.
They have the typical segmented, oval ant body; six legs; and 12 segmented antennae.
Are Argentine ants dangerous?
Argentine ants are not considered to be a dangerous pest which means they aren’t known to pose any health risks to people and don’t bite or sting. Argentine ants are, however, a nuisance ant species that need to be eliminated from homes and other buildings quickly because of their ability to form enormous colonies and because they contaminate food sources.
Why do I have an Argentine ant problem?
Argentine ants are generally found nesting outside in a moist environment that provides easy access to food; nesting areas often include the edges of sidewalks and under landscaping ties, stones, soil, or mulch. If the weather becomes too wet or too dry, they may decide to move inside homes and other buildings to nest. Argentine ants also enter homes through cracks found in the foundation or gaps found around exterior windows and doors as they are foraging for food. Argentine ants prefer to feed on sweets, but also happily dine on meats, eggs, oils, and fats.
How do I get rid of Argentine ants?
Argentine ants are a very difficult ant species to eliminate from your home and property. They create very large colonies and can be found invading multiple areas of your property and home. The fastest and most efficient way to get rid of Argentine ants is to contact a professional pest control expert who has experience eliminating these ants and other pests. At All-American Pest Control, we can help to find and get rid of Argentine ants that have decided to make their home in your home through our year-round Perimeter Pest Control program or our Green Choice Pest Control program.
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Can I do it myself?
DIY Pest control products found at hardware stores are not only often ineffective against Argentine ants and other household pests, but they can also be dangerous for you, your family, and your pets to be around, especially if they are not mixed or placed properly. They also do nothing to solve the questions of how and why Argentine ants are invading your home in the first place. The best way to safely and completely get rid of these pests and to prevent a re-infestation is to get help from a professional Argentine ant control expert. If Argentine ants have infested your property or home contact the pros here at All-American Pest Control today.
Why Choose All-American Pest Control?
With over 50 years of experience, we know the time, effort, and patience it takes to solve any pest problem- including problems with Argentine ants. With All-American Pest Control, you’ll receive quality services, thorough treatments, and a commitment to solving your pest problems from our highly trained, friendly experts.
How can I prevent problems with Argentine ants in the future?
Along with putting in place a year-round pest control program from the ant control experts at All-American Pest, the following prevention tips can help to prevent problems with Argentine ants.
- Make sure that any spaces found in the exterior walls and foundation of your home are sealed.
- Caulk gaps found around windows and doors, and install door sweeps.
- Store firewood away from the exterior of your home and make sure that trees and other landscaping are trimmed away from the outside of your home.
- Outdoor trash cans should have tight fitting or, even better, locking lids on them.
- Uneaten pet food should be picked up.
- Inside of your home make sure that food is kept in sealed containers or in the refrigerator.
- Quickly clean up spills and crumbs and wash dirty dishes on a regular basis.
To schedule your free home evaluation and to get started eliminating Argentine ants from your home, contact All-American Pest Control today!