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Argentine Ant

Characteristics  
Size:  Workers of this species are about 1/8-inch in length.

Color:  Varies from dark brown to black, and the body is often shiny in appearance.

The colonies of Argentine ants can grow quite large and contain tens of thousands of workers and numerous queens. Each colony will be divided into subcolonies and connected by established trunk trails. These subcolonies will number from a few hundred to thousands of individuals.

Behavior   The colony may have hundreds of queens, and each colony will be divided into a number of subcolonies. Since members of two separate colonies are not aggressive toward each other, colonies will often combine with one another. This creates huge super-colonies that may extend over several properties. Argentine ants are very aggressive and will drive out native species of ants creating an environment where they are literally the "king" of the anthill, so to speak. Their primary food source during the warm months is the sweet honeydew produced by aphids and mealybugs. The presence of fruit trees, roses, and other plants that attract aphids often contributes to Argentine ant infestations.

Habitat   Argentine ants reside outdoors, usually in shallow nests in the soil beneath a stone, board, or any other item that provides protection. Small, medium, or large subcolonies will locate themselves in piles of lumber, bricks, or debris; in landscape mulch; behind brick and stone veneer; within and under insulation; and in wall voids or any other suitable void. Argentine ants are the most common invaders of homes in Southern California. This ant is also very common in homes throughout most of the Gulf Coast states.

Control Tips   The Argentine ant can be very difficult  to control, especially during  the summer in areas such as Southern California. A thorough and regular exterior treatment will keep as few ants as possible from entering the structure.

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Acrobat Ant

► Argentine Ant

Big Headed Ant

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► Citronella Ant

► Crazy Ant

Fire Ant

► Ghost Ant

► Harvester Ant

► Leaf Cutter Ant

► Little Black Ant

► Odorous House Ant

► Pavement Ant

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► Thief Ant

► White Footed Ant

 

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