Argentine Ant

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Argentine Ant

Description:

Worker ants can range from light to dark brown and are 1/12 to 1/8 inch long and have 12 segmented antennae.

Behavior:

Argentine Ants can adapt to a variety of different environments.  They will typically nest outside in moist soil, along sidewalks, or underneath structures.  Nesting sites are commonly located close to food and water sources.  Argentine Ants have the ability to build super colonies with hundreds of queens.  To support such a large population, they will forage for food day and night.  These ants have a diverse diet, but prefer foods high in sugar content such as honey dew, fruit juices, and plant secretions.

Control:

Argentine Ants Trailing

A thorough inspection must be conducted when dealing with this species of ant.  Sanitation improvements around and inside a structure can go a long way.  Reduction of moisture and harborage areas will greatly assist chemical control.  If possible, identifying nesting sites and treating them directly is very effective.  When the colonies sites are not accessible, the use of baits and specialized insecticides are employed.

Fun fact:

Argentine Ant super colonies can grow at a rate of 200 meters per year.