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Argentine Ant

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Description

Argentine Ant

Pest Stats

Color

Dark brown to black; shiny

Legs

6

Shape

Segmented; oval

Size

1/16″ – 1/4″

Antennae

Yes

Region

Mainly Southeastern, Mid-Atlantic, and Western Coastal regions of U.S. States

Habits

Argentine ants are aggressive and prefer sweet food like sugars, fruit juices, syrup, and melons but will eat almost anything including cockroaches and termites. They forage for food very systematically and leave trails of food to ensure they do no visit the same area. Mating takes place in the nest so swarmers are not usually found. There can be several queens in each nest that feed and groom themselves. They can be found in potted plants, flower boxes, crawl spaces, insulation, and anywhere with moist soil near food sources. Winged queens can produce fertile eggs up to 10 years after mating with a winged male.

Habitat

Argentine ant colonies are found in moist conditions or soil near a food source. Outdoors, they can be found with shallow nests near structures, along sidewalks, under boards or stones, and beneath plants or flower boxes. Acrobat ants like very mobile and will relocate colonies frequently. They will come indoors to forage for food but may seek shelter indoors when it becomes too wet or too dry outside.

Threats

Argentine ants do not bite or sting so they do not pose a direct threat to humans. However, they can contaminate food.

Carpenter Ant Prevention

If you suspect an argentine ant infestation, call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection* immediately. This is the safest and most effective way to get rid of argentine ants. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.

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