Argentine Ants - Ts Read

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Argentine Ants

This species of ant is local to Argentina and Brazil and turned into probable delivered to the USA in freight ships across the1890’s. those ants can be located in southern states and in California, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Oregon, and Washington.

Argentine Ants

  • Size: 1/16" to 1/4"
  • Shape: Segmented, Oval
  • Color: Dark brown to black and shiny
  • Legs: 6
  • Wings: Varies
  • Antenna: Yes
  • Common Name: Argentine ant
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insects
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Family: Formicidae
  • Species: Linepithema humile

Diet: Argentine ants prefer sweet substances but will eat almost anything including meats, eggs, oils, and fats. Also, when foraging for food, Argentine ants leave pheromone trails everywhere they go, instead of just from the nest to food source. This habit ensures they do not waste time visiting the same area twice. While in other ant species worker ants are primarily responsible for gathering food, Argentine queens also assist with foraging for food.

Habitat: Argentine ant colonies are located in wet environments near a food source. These colonies can grow to monumental size, sometimes covering entire habitats, such as an entire garden or your whole backyard.

Impact: Argentine ants do not pose a health threat, but they can contaminate food by leaving their bodily waste behind. 

Prevention: Eliminate standing water. Pests, such as ants, mosquitoes, and termites, are attracted to moisture.Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home.Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home.

Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.