Originally from South America, Argentine ants are an invasive species introduced to the United States in the late 1800s. With no natural predators, these ants will often overpower native ant species. Argentine ants are dark brown to black in color and 1 to 6 millimeters in length. These ants create massive colonies that contain hundreds of thousands of workers and multiple queens. In Europe, there are reports of a 3,700 mile-long Argentine ant colony along the Mediterranean coast.
Why Do I Have Them?
Argentine ants prefer damp environments and are often found outdoors in wood piles or mulch. As the weather gets colder, these ants may invade houses through foundation cracks, searching for shelter. Once indoors, these ants are usually found in damp areas, such as basements, bathrooms, and kitchens. Argentine ants are more common in southern states, but they have been found in Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
Argentine ants are problematic when they invade your home and property. They are not only a nuisance, but they spread harmful bacterial diseases. These ants are known to feed in sewage and trash. If they gain access to kitchen cabinets and pantries, they can contaminate food. Since Argentine ant nests have multiple queens, these ants breed rapidly and create huge colonies, leading to large ant infestations.
Treatment & Control
How Do I Get Rid of Argentine Ants?
Getting rid of Argentine ants can be difficult because of their massive colonies. Repairing water leaks, trimming back vegetation around the home, and improving air ventilation will help prevent Argentine ants. If ants have already invaded your home, the most effective way to get rid of an ant infestation is to contact a pest control professional. At Advanced Wildlife and Pest Control, we offer effective pest services that will get rid of your ant problem.