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Argentine Ants

Argentine Ants

Argentine Ants

Linepithema humile

Color: Light to dark brown

Size:  1/12 to 1/8 inch

Nests are typically located in moist soil next to or under buildings, along sidewalks, or beneath boards and plants, and they are usually near sources of both water and food. Occasionally these ants may nest within a structure or other locations not typically considered soil related, such as under a bathtub set above a slab-on-grade foundation, under the cracks or expansion joints of slabs, under insulation in an exterior wall void, and in potted plants or flower boxes.

Argentine ants deposit trails continuously, instead of just from nest to food source. This habit ensures they do not waste time visiting the same area for food. They prefer to eat sweets but they will eat almost anything including meats, eggs, oils and fats.

Argentine ants prefer sweet foods principally sugars, syrup, fruit juices, secretions of plants, and honeydew. Worker forage for food along regular paths extending out from the nest and branching out to explore every portion of an area. Foragers may enter houses in large numbers, particularly when condition outside the building become too wet or too dry.

Argentine ants do not pose a health threat, but they can contaminate food

  • Use Pea-gravel instead of organic material for mulch. Argentine ants prefer organic materials, large pine bark and other such objects under which they will hide or colonize.
  • Make sure that no tree limbs are any closer than five feet from roof, trim other shrubs cut back (at least 2 foot clearance) from the house.
  • Remove any objects e.g. boards, construction materials etc. Under which Argentine ants might try to colonize or hide.
  • Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house.
  • Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.
  • Do not allow excessive watering of lawns and flower beds create more moist conditions which is more favorable condition for argentine ants.

MANUFACTURER RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS AND TREATMENT FOR Argentine Ants CONTROL

Pests need food, water, and shelter. Often the problem may be solved just by removing these key items. Before even thinking about chemical pest control, it is important to be aware of Pest’s Conducive conditions & It’s Recommendations.

Pesticides can be purchased in many different forms, each form has specific uses and application methods The pesticide application method you choose depends on the nature and habits of the target pest, the properties of the pesticide, the suitability of the application equipment, and the cost and efficiency of alternative methods. Your choice is often predetermined by one or more of these factors. Follow label directions for volume recommendations and application rates based on the pest to be controlled and utilize appropriate application tips on equipment. , these application methods are for informational purposes only. To know specific applications method/s for the product you buy, please refer actual packages for complete Label Verbiage.

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