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Argentine Ants

Argentine Ants were originally found in the early 1800's. In The USA, they have been found as far west as Washington State and Montana. They are abundant along the northern and southern California coast and into Arizona. Argentine ants are also very heavily populated from Texas to Florida and along the eastern seaboard. They have even been found in Illinois.

 

 

Argentine Ant Horned Lizard Decline

While Argentine Ants are tolerant of each other, they are still very aggressive in nature towards other species of ants and insects. When colonies of Argentine Ants move in to an area, they will kill and run off the other ant species and claim the area for themselves. This tendency has caused a major problem for the horned lizards in Southern California. Horned lizards depend on harvester ants for food. However, when the Argentine Ants moved into the area, they began to eliminate the harvester ants, which has contributed to the decrease of horned lizards in the area. The other contributing factor is that Argentine Ants have been known to attack horned lizards if they are living in the right habitat for a colony of Argentine Ants to also reside. These ants have also been known to successfully attack killer bees and wasp nests.

 

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1/8 inch (2.6mm) light to dark brown

 

Argentine Ants

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1/8 inch (2.6mm) light to dark brown
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Argentine Ant Super Colony

Argentine Ants are unique for a number of reasons, but one of the most unique characteristics about them is the fact that they are tolerant of other Argentine Ant colonies nearby. The way these "Super Colony's" are formed is when a single colony gets too large. The Queen ants will mate inside the nest and then leave the nest with a group of worker ants and start a new colony. These colonies have been known to be very close to others, they will even share workers at times. And, if needed, the individual colonies will team up with one another to attack enemies.

In Argentine Ant colonies, there may be more than one Queen ant. In fact, for every 1,000 workers, there can be up to eight Queens! The Queen ants will mate with the males to populate the colony. This is the sole purpose of the male ants – to mate. They generally live for a year and once they have mated, they die. The eggs that the Queens lay are usually sterile female worker ants. The sterile female workers have a variety of responsibilities that include nursing eggs, foraging for food, feeding the larvae and even tending aphids for their honeydew secretions.

The first thing you should do when you notice Argentine Ants in and around your home is trim the trees and vegetation that brushes up against the home. Vegetation retains moisture, which attracts Argentine Ants, and if they can use these plants to enter into your home they will. You should also thoroughly inspect the inside and outside of your home for tiny crevices and cracks where the ants can enter from. Once you find them, seal them up.

In order to control Argentine Ants, you will need to find good baits such as Gourmet Liquid Ant Bait that are slow-acting. This will ensure that the workers have time to return to the colony with the poison and distribute it. This will kill the colony from within, including the Queen ants. Pesticide sprays will only kill the worker ants and not penetrate the core of the colony. Additionally, when using sprays, you may actually stress out the colony which can cause the Queens to lay even more eggs for colony preservation.

The only problem with using liquid ant baits, is that there is only 1 liquid ant bait dispenser ever developed that works. Ken Kupfer at KM Ant Pro has been researching and developing the KM Ant Pro Ant Bait Dispenser since 2000. His liquid ant bait feeding stations are widely in use across southern California, Texas, and Florida.

 

Argentine Ants have to have a damp environment for survival. They must also be close to a reliable food source. Argentine Ants love sweet foods, but will also eat fats, oils, meats and eggs. As these pests forage for food, they leave trails behind to ensure that they don’t make unnecessary visits to areas they’ve already cleared of food.

Outdoor baiting with the KM Ant Pro Ant Liquid Ant Bait Station with Gourmet Liquid Ant Bait is the most effective. This combination has been under evaluation by the USDA, several Universities as well as many Vineyards in the California NAPA Valley and provides the best long term control of argentine ants.


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