Where did Argentine Ants come from?
Argentine ants have been a pest control issue in Central and Eastern Texas for years. Recently there has been a dramatic rise in populations of this invasive and damaging pest.
First identified in Argentina, the species is not native to the United States. It is believed to have been transported to the area accidentally on cargo ships and has now been spotted in 15 countries around the world.
Left untreated, Argentine ants can form enormous colonies made up of multiple inter-connected nests. April through June are prime reproductive times for this species of ant. Their colonies multiply so rapidly that new colonies will frequently split from the original nest, resulting in a quickly expanding infestation. It isn’t uncommon for a colony to contain hundreds of reproducing queen ants and thousands of worker ants.
What do Argentine Ants eat?
They’re primarily attracted to sweet foods and can be a problematic pest around residential homes and in yards and parks. They are fast moving and invade any structure that may contain a food source. They travel in trails frequently made up of thousands of ants and will invade homes in search of food.
While Argentine ants prefer to nest outdoors but will invade residential living space if their home is disrupted. Outdoors their mounds frequently obtrude above the ground. In creating homes for themselves they can destroy lawns and ruin landscaping.
What kind of pest control for Argentine Ants works best?
Pest control for Argentine ants requires locating all existing nests and destroying the entire colony. Because these ants are known to take up residence in empty nests of other ants, if all the nests aren’t destroyed another colony may move in and take up residence in the abandoned home once its residents have been killed. Recognizing the preferred habitat and signs of an infestation is important to be sure all of the ants are eradicated to prevent re-infestation.