The Argentine Ant is commonly referred to as the sugar ant.

Identification

  • Light to dark brown
  • As small as 1/8 of an inch
  • One erect node

Environment

  • Can easily squeeze through small cracks and holes, and set up quarters in the ground, in concrete walls, in between boards and timbers, or among belongings in your home
  • Common in homes
  • Often enter structures in search of food and water, particularly during dry or hot weather or after heavy rainfall

Threats

  • Will exhibit very strong trailing behavior at high temperatures
  • Exists in high numbers and moves quickly, forming a kind of ant interstate
  • Ranked among the worlds 100 worst animal invaders

Treatment

  • Because there are usually numerous queens in one colony, its not as effective to spray the ants with pesticides (this actually stimulates egg-laying by the queens, making the problem worse)
  • Effective for a professional pest control technician to do a thorough inspection to determine where bait should be placed since they prefer sweet food
  • Ants begin feeding on the bait, then they will feed it to their colony and it will slowly eradicate

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