Argentine ants are the most invasive and agile ant species, well-known for displacing native ant populations. They’re believed to have entered the United States through coffee and sugar shipments from Argentina. Today, the colonies have invaded South America, South Africa, Europe, Australia, and the Southern United States.
Argentine ants include two main types, the wingless worker ants and winged queen ants. You’ll likely encounter the wingless worker ants, which are light to dark brown in color. They are incredibly fast and flexible, but the main problem results from their tendency to merge colonies. They can form colonies with millions of workers and thousands of queen ants.
Discover several methods to help you get rid of Argentine ants.
Use Ant Baits
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Ant baits are considered the best method for controlling the ants. The best part about the baits is that they help destroy the ants’ nests at their root. These baits are made by combining the ants’ favorite food such as sugar water and moist cat food with boric acid.
Slow-acting ant baits are preferred to quick-kill baits since these types of baits can be carried by worker ants to feed entire colonies. Ensure that the bait is sweet and greasy. Nectar, aphid honeydew, plant products, and other sugary water will attract the Argentine ants faster.
Eliminate Feeding Zones
Since Argentine ants are mainly attracted by food and moisture, you should eliminate any feeding zones. You can start by removing any stagnant water from empty flower pots, birdbaths, grill covers, and baby pools. Clean any food spills in the house and outside and store edibles in sealed containers.
Seal Cracks and Crevices
Argentine ants need an entry point for them to enter your house. Trim nearby tree branches that may touch your home. You should also seal all cracks and openings around the foundation of your home. Also regularly check for cracks in your home’s foundation.
Argentine ants love setting up nests under firewood and building materials. Therefore, you should keep firewood and building materials at least 20 feet away from your house. Dispose of waste materials far from your home in a safe place.
You can also spray insecticides around your home to prevent their entry. Start by spraying near windowsills, at door frames, and around building pillars. You should constantly spray the right insecticide around your home every three to four months to ensure the ants don’t come back for good. Remember to take proper safety precautions while using insecticides.
A mixture of water, alcohol, and liquid dish soap can also do the trick. Use a solution of 40% water, 40% alcohol, and 20% dishwashing liquid. Spray the mixture in cracks and behind baseboards.
Argentine ants can be resilient. With their ability to reproduce quickly, they can become a nuisance for homeowners. Contact a pest extermination expert for long-lasting solutions. A professional exterminator can investigate your home to find the source of the Argentine ant colony and protect your home from future attacks.