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What do Argentine ants look like?

  • Size: 1/8 in.
  • Color: Light to dark brown
  • Body Structure: Head, thorax, and abdomen with a small node on the pedicel connecting the thorax and abdomen.

Identifying characteristics of Argentine ants

Argentine ants are social insects that reside in colonies often featuring multiple nests. Unlike other species, Argentine ants are not aggressive toward ants from other neighboring colonies, which allows colonies’ numbers to grow and multiply exponentially.

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When are Argentine ants commonly active?

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall

How are Argentine ant colonies formed?

New Argentine ant colonies are formed by budding. An inseminated queen will leave an existing nest with a small group of workers and form a new nest nearby. They do not fly when leaving but rather go on foot.   

Where do Argentine ants nest?

Argentine ant nests are often found in mulch or soil, nesting only 1-2 inches beneath the surface. They also are found under debris, rocks, and lumber. Indoors, Argentine ants nest in wall voids, insulation, and pipes or drains.

What do Argentine ants eat?

The primary diet of Argentine ants in the wild consists of insects and honeydew. Indoors, they feed on any food remains, especially sugary ones.

Are Argentine ants dangerous?

Argentine ants are capable of biting but only do so if provoked. They do not spread disease and do not pose major health risks.

Why do I have an Argentine ant infestation?

Argentine ants are a common household pest, often entering structures in search of food or water. Attempting to escape flooded nests or humid weather, Argentine ants are likely to find shelter in your home.

How do I get rid of Argentine ants?

For effective pest control services that knock out Argentine ants and prevent the expansion of their colonization, contact a licensed pest control company. At Miller Pest & Termite, we’ve been exterminating Argentine ants and other pests since 2001 and are ready to help you get rid of these nuisance ants! 

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How can I prevent an Argentine ant problem?

To prevent Argentine ants from entering your structure or colonizing your property, our pest control specialists recommend:

  • Sealing all potential entry points
  • Eliminating moisture problems
  • Cleaning up food spills right away
  • Emptying trash cans regularly
  • Washing dishes after every meal
  • Storing food in containers with tight-fitting lids
  • Trimming back tree branches as well as shrubs and bushes so that they do not touch the exterior of the house
  • Cleaning gutters regularly so that leaves, twigs, and other organic debris do not stop water from running freely
  • Making sure downspouts divert water away from the foundation
  • Repairing or replacing leaking appliances
  • Fixing plumbing issues
  • Replacing water-damaged wood
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