How to Identify Argentine Ant?
Argentine Ants also called sugar ants, sweet ants, piss ants. They are light to dark brown, 1/12 to 1/8 inch long, their antennae has 12 segments and have single erect petiole node in the waist.
According to Biologist...
Argentine ant queen lays hundreds of eggs at a time and they may be thousands in each colony. Argentine ant colonies are so large because one colony will not compete with another and they often merge thus forming a feared super colony with millions of workers and thousands of queens—Scientist calls them Super Colonies. They are typically become large in size in the midsummer and they establish close to food source.
This kind of ant habitat is moist sole next to building, underground, sidewalk, beneath boards, houses etc. Geographically argentine ant mostly found in southern United States, especially California.
Diet of Argentine Ant
They prefer sweet food because they have sweet tooth, they also prey on other insects and dine one flea larvae. Argentine ant also gathers protein or grease-based foods to bring back to the queens.
Getting rid of Argentine Ant
Cleanup your home and outdoor - Remove your indoor potted plants which are having nest of argentine ant and put it into the solution of insecticidal soap and water for few time. Clean garbage and empty food container from your house daily. Seal your food and pet food in airtight container and sweep food crumbs from your kitchen area and living area daily.
Don’t plant such tree that supports honeydew producing insects nearby to your building because argentine ant will use it for nests.
Make your home Argentine ant Proof
Seal cracks and crevices in kitchen and spaces between wooden boards using silica aerogel. Inspect your doors, sidewall and windows because a millimeter-wide opening is enough for an Argentine ant to get through. They also use pipes and wires to get enter so be aware and Caulk cracks and repair them.
Using Argentine Ant Bait products
This is the best and effective solution to control argentine ant. Ant bait is more powerful than the insecticide dusts or sprays because it will hit the nest at the source. When you using bait choose slow-acting bait because quick kill bait will only kill the foraging Ants, it will not allow worker Ants to take the bait back home to feed the queen and nest workers. You should use sweet based bait and grease-based baits such as nectar, aphid honeydew, and plant products because it will attract argentine ant more.
Spray the Outdoor
Spray the Talstar Insecticide, or Termidor SC around of your home, it will help to prevent entry of argentine ant. You should also spray around window sills and door frames. Who spray regularly around March and April every 3 to 4 months starting in the spring can see dramatic decrease in the number of ants invading the home.