The Argentine ant is native to Argentina and Brazil and was likely introduced to the United States through coffee ships to New Orleans in the late 1800s. While they are found across the US, Argentine ants are mainly found in the southeastern United States. As the days grow warmer and the days longer, you are likely to see more Argentine and other ants around your property.
While these pests do not have stingers and only bite humans when provoked, their presence, particularly at summer outdoor gatherings can be quite unwelcome.
Argentine ants, like most other pests, are attracted to moisture and food, especially sucrose-containing sweets. Ways to prevent your property from being attractive to Argentine ants include dumping any standing water, including remembering to empty flower pots, birdbaths, grill covers, and baby pools. Clean up food spills immediately, keep food stored in tightly sealed containers, and remove waste regularly. Also, be sure to trim back all tree branches and other landscaping around the home that might touch the structure, giving the ants their own personal bridge to gain access to your home. If you have firewood or building materials stored outside your home, be sure they are at least 20 feet away from the structure and remove yard waste regularly, each of these are ideal nesting sites for Argentine ants.
Unfortunately, Argentine ants are particularly resilient and will often re-infest quickly after being eliminated due to their fast rate of reproduction. Given the high re-infestation rate, it is important to contact a pest management professional when you think your home or property has an infestation of Argentine ants. The professional should inspect your home to identify the source of the infestation, come up with a solution for eradication, and develop a plan to protect you and your home from any future attacks.
If you think you have a problem with Argentine ants . . . or any pest. . . or simply have a question. . . call Faith Pest Control at 770-823-9202. We’ll be happy to speak with you any time.
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