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Argentine ants can be identified by the extremely large size of their colony. A single colony can have hundreds of queens and hundreds of thousands of workers in it. Also these ants give off a distinctive strong musty odor when they are crushed. Adults are dark brown to shiny black in color. They have an oval segmented body, a 12 segmented antennae, and can grow to be between 1/16th and ¼ of an inch in length.
Argentine ants typically nest outdoors near a wet environment that is close to their food sources. Typical nesting areas include:
In moist soil next to or underneath buildings
Argentine ants try to move inside of homes and other buildings if the weather outside either becomes too wet or too dry. They will also get into homes as they search for food. They eat almost anything but prefer sweets.
Argentine ants are not considered to be dangerous because they do not bite, sting or transmit any known diseases to people. Argentine ants invade homes in very large numbers and are quite a nuisance especially when they contaminate food sources. Because of the persistent nature of Argentine ants and the immense size of their colonies they can become a big headache for homeowners.
Controlling Argentine ants in your home is difficult. All of the ants from the enormous colony need to be found and treated. Simply getting rid of the few ants you see around your kitchen will not get rid of the whole problem. The best way to get rid of Argentine ants is with the help of a professional pest control expert. At Russell’s Pest Control, our home pest control programs all cover ant infestations. We also offer commercial pest control for businesses that are plagued by ants and other pests.
The best way to try and prevent a problem with Argentine ants is to fix areas around your property that may attract them or allow them access in your home. Remove dead or decaying trees or limbs from your property along with piles of leaves from your yard. Place woodpiles away from the exterior of your home. It is a good idea to keep trees, bushes or other landscaping that ants could use as a bridge to your home, trimmed back away from your siding. Make sure to inspect the exterior of your house and seal any possible entry points. Common entry points include:
Gaps around windows and doors
Cracks in the foundation
Open areas around utility entrances
Also, clogged gutters will inhibit water to drain down and away from the home. Be sure to keep leaves and other debris out of your gutter system.