You may also like:
Argentine Ants and How to Get Rid of Them
- Published: May 23/2019
- Last update: Apr 19/2023
- 6min read
- Views: 549
The Argentine ant (Linepithema humile) is a highly invasive species of ants that terrorise Australian households. They can make a supercolony quicker than you realise and are incredibly protective of their territory.
They ranked in the world’s top 100s worst invaders, and they threaten almost every native ant species in Australia. Not only that, but they also can carry a virus called Linepithema humile virus-1 (LHUV-1). This virus affects bees as well, harming their population as well. All native animals in Australia play an important role in the ecosystem. That makes the Argentine ant a threat.
This article will help you if:
Keep on reading to discover how to recognise the Argentine ant and most importantly, how to get rid of them in your home.
The Argentine ant (Linepithema humile) is one of the smallest ant species in the world – they’re only 2-3 mm big! They have a hairless body and a light-brown colour. Their colonies can have numerous queens. You can easily distinguish the males and the queens as they are darker and bigger than the workers. They don’t have a sting but they will bite you.
You can recognise these ants by their slow-moving long trails. They typically nest in urban areas, outside a building. They will come inside in large numbers to seek food or to escape heavy rainfall and flooded nests.
The Argentine ants’ invasive nature and highly developed survival skills have been the main reasons for their success in invading people’s homes and gardens. Even though this type of ant species mostly live outdoors, they will still find a way to get inside your home to find nutrition.
If a situation requires the Argentine ants to attack, they will. According to a study by the Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, they are highly competitive and are more likely to behave aggressively towards other ant species. Retreat is not an option. This behaviour is what makes them so hard to get rid of. Every treatment you start needs to be taken very seriously and repeated after a certain period.
Argentine ants build shallow nests that you can easily spot if you know what you’re looking for. However, if a colony from different ant species has abandoned its nest, the Argentine ants might settle there.
Places where you should check for an Argentine ant nest:
The soil they prefer is moist, and the place should be near a food source.
To get rid of any pest, you must understand its needs and what’s vital for its survival. Argentine ants always make their nests close to a water and food source. When they go out in search of nutrition, they leave special “pheromone” trails behind to avoid places they’ve already checked and have no food.
If you don’t want to jump straight to the complicated pesticide treatments, there are a couple of things you can try beforehand that might keep the ants away. Here are some simple steps that will help you get rid of ants and prevent other pest infestations.
If you’d don’t want to use pesticides, but you still want to do something more to battle the Argentine ants, you can use liquid ant baits. It’s a popular treatment that includes a system that feeds the ants. It won’t attract new ones to your property.
Place the bait inside or outside your home in places where you’ve seen the most activity. The ants will get attracted by the bait’s smell, and they will take it and bring it to the rest of the colony, which will eventually kill it. If they have a constant food source, they will not feel tempted to go inside your home or to rummage your garden.
Treat the marked perimeter with your pesticides of choice by applying them to the walls or foundations.
Here is a helpful list of the places you need to pay special attention to:
We will help you with the ant problem!
Using pesticides to treat Argentine Ants might not be the smartest idea. It will just stimulate egg-laying, which will eventually make the colony bigger.
Argentine ants can recover their losses from an attack quickly, even if you’ve used an insecticide. One of the reasons is that the product will only kill the ants that were on the outside. After time passes and no one is back with food for the rest of the colony, the queen will send out more workers, and you will be able to kill them as well.
Dealing with an Argentine ant infestation is no joke. Using the wrong pesticide (read any pesticide) might worsen the situation. If things get out of control, There’s no better option than contacting a local pest control company to deal with the problem. By helping to eradicate the Argentine ant, you’re helping the Australian ecosystem to strengthen. Don’t hesitate to let the professionals of Fantastic Services take care of your ant problem. The certified pest technicians will quickly identify the origin of the infestation and implement the best techniques in dealing with it.
Just type in your postcode, click on the button & a professional pest controller will come to the rescue!