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Argentine Ant

How To Control Argentine Ants

Ants are a major problem for homes as well as farmers for the amount of damage they can inflict upon crops and gardens. This species of ant, as the name suggests, were brought over from Argentina during the 1890s aboard ships that carried coffee and sugar. Since then, Argentine Ants have made their mark on the land, extending from the coast throughout California and to the southern parts of the United States.

Argentine ants are 1/12 to 1/8 inch long and are colored a dull brown. They are an aggressive species of ant and are known for creating super colonies which can number into the thousands with multiple queens which can reach up to the hundreds. While argentine ants don’t establish nests inside of homes, they do establish nests outside near a home they are targeting and create intricate trails to enter homes to forage for food.

The Argentine Ant is relentless in its pursuit of food and when indoors they will go to great lengths in their search including entering refrigerators and other hard to reach places. Argentine ants are also attracted to moisture and will even seek the moisture of human bodies by entering beds while we sleep.

If you have a problem with argentine ants on your property, there are ways to eliminate this frustrating pest. Solutions Pest and Lawn has everything you need to get rid of argentine ants, from professional products to expert how-to advice.

How To Get Rid of Argentine Ants: Solutions 4 Step Process

Argentine ants are a persistent pest so it is best to have a multi-pronged approach in getting rid of it. We here at Solutions recommend a combination of dusts and sprays for controlling argentine ants along with practical methods of exclusion and making your home or environment less appealing for argentine ants to venture into. Below are some of the steps we suggest for the greatest success in managing this pest.

It is easy for argentine ants and other small insects to gain access to homes and buildings through tiny cracks or gaps in the foundation (most often around doors and windows.) These areas should be thoroughly inspected and potential entry points sealed up by caulk or other exclusion material.

Step 1: Performing a thorough inspection is an important first step in order to overcome an argentine ant infestation. Inspect your property both indoors and outdoors for mounds and nests where the ant colony is headquartered. Typical outdoor nesting sites include soil, hollowed trees, under firewood, rocks, and other piles of material or debris, and underneath stone or brick walkways. Indoors, Argentine ants can be found in walls and voids, and around wherever there is moisture sources such as sinks, pipes, or potted plants.

Step 2: Destroy Ant mound and/or nests. If you happen to find where the argentine ants are nesting, treat it immediately with a strong insecticide such as Reclaim IT Spray to the point of drenching the nest, the insecticide will then work to kill the entire population. Make sure to keep pets and children away until the treated area has been dried.

Step 3: While the nest has been treated, there are likely many ants still traveling about. Use an insecticide spray to create a barrier around your home to prevent ants from trespassing. Spray around your home’s foundation up to 3 feet high along the building sides and 3 feet out on the ground with a fan sprayer will provide great protection. A few other areas where it would be wise to apply insecticide outdoors include sidewalks, around the base of trees, stepping stones, potted plants, and garbage cans.

Step 4: To take care of indoor Argentine ants, it is better to bait than spray. This is because baits can be taken and shared within the colony and kill ants in areas where sprays cannot reach.Try a slow-acting bait like Extinguish Plus Fire Ant Bait. To judge whether a bait is effective, simply monitor whether the placement is being visited or decreasing in size. If not, switch to another bait until you find one that is readily accepted. Please don't be discouraged if you do not see results immediately. Baits take time to work so give the bait time, at least up to two weeks.

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