an entomology collection

What are Argentine ants?

Argentine ants are minuscule black ants native to South America that made their way to the United States in the late 1800's. They are mostly found in the southern and southwestern states. Adult Argentine ants grow from 1/16 to 1/4 inch in length, and range in color from light brown to black. Their bodies are otherwise typical for ants, with six legs, an oval-shaped body, and two 12-segmented antennae.

 

argentine ants

Are Argentine ants dangerous?

As they are not known to bite or sting, Argentine ants are generally not considered dangerous household pests. However, like other invasive ant species, this does not stop them from indirectly harming humans in the form of the food they access and contaminate when they invade homes.

Why do I have an Argentine ant problem?

Argentine ants are known for their extremely large colony sizes. A single colony could have over a million workers bred and overseen by hundreds of queens. These massive colonies are part of the reason why they’ve been able to spread so effectively throughout the U.S. Like other ant species, Argentine ants are attracted to moist environments with access to food.

Outside, Argentine ants are commonly found around the edges of sidewalks and near landscaping. Argentine ant infestations generally occur either when the weather becomes too wet or too dry. Wet weather provides viable sources of food and water outdoors whereas dry weather forces these ants into homes where they can find access to moisture.

Argentine ants typically enter homes through cracks in the foundation or gaps found around exterior windows and doors as they forage for food. Like many ants, Argentine ants prefer to eat sweet foods but will also forage for meats, eggs, oils, and fats found throughout your home. Leaving these types of foods out in the open is a sure way to attract the attention of any Argentine ants that have found their way into your home.

How do I get rid of Argentine ants?

Due to their excessively large colony sizes and their tendency to invade multiple areas of your home and property simultaneously, Argentine ants can be a difficult ant species to eliminate from your home and property. As with any other ant infestation, your best bet is to contact a professional pest control provider for help.

Pestmaster® Services has decades of experience eliminating ants found in homes across America using safe and effective methods applied by our expert pest control technicians. If Argentine ants are getting into your home, don’t hesitate to give us a call to find out how we can help.

 

Our Services

Find Your Local Pestmaster® Services

a united states map with pestmaster services locations

Phoenix, AZ

Pestmaster® Services


Phoenix, AZ

Tucson, AZ

Pestmaster® Services

2121 South Pantano Rd #308
Tucson, AZ

Austin, AR

Pestmaster® Services

35 Carriage Cove
Austin, AR

Imperial Valley, CA

Pestmaster® Services


Imperial Valley, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Pestmaster® Services

4901 Patata St. Unit 401-402
Los Angeles, CA

North San Diego, CA

Pestmaster® Services

751 W 4th Ave Escondido, California
North San Diego, CA

South San Diego, CA

Pestmaster® Services


South San Diego, CA

Sacramento, CA

Pestmaster® Services


Sacramento, CA

San Francisco Bay, CA

Pestmaster® Services


San Francisco Bay, CA

Upper Lake, CA

Pestmaster® Services

1175 Pitney Ave
Upper Lake, CA

Washington, DC

Pestmaster® Services


Washington, DC

Gainesville, FL

Pestmaster® Services

2880 NW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL

Jacksonville, FL

Pestmaster® Services

7235 Bonneval Rd Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville, FL

Lake City, FL

Pestmaster® Services

1401 SW Bedenbaugh Ln
Lake City, FL

Orlando, FL

Pestmaster® Services

378 Captiva Dr
Orlando, FL

Tallahassee, FL

Pestmaster® Services

2111 Miller Landing Rd
Tallahassee, FL

Augusta, GA

Pestmaster® Services

133 Fall Line Dr
Augusta, GA

Statesboro, GA

Pestmaster® Services

834 Northside Dr East
Statesboro, GA

Chicago, IL

Pestmaster® Services

1960 E 72nd Pl
Chicago, IL

South Chicago Heights, IL

Pestmaster® Services

3045 Jackson Ave
South Chicago Heights, IL

Wichita, KS

Pestmaster® Services

2251 N Woodlawn Blvd
Wichita, KS

Prince George County, MD

Pestmaster® Services

11505 Cherry Tree Crossing Road #234
Prince George County, MD

Las Vegas, NV

Pestmaster® Services


Las Vegas, NV

Reno, NV

Pestmaster® Services

9716 South Virginia St, Ste E
Reno, NV

Brick, NJ

Pestmaster® Services


Brick, NJ

Succasunna, NJ

Pestmaster® Services

275 Rt 10 East, Ste 220-298
Succasunna, NJ

Santa Fe, NM

Pestmaster® Services

2121 South Pantano Rd #308
Santa Fe, NM

Albuquerque, NM

Pestmaster® Services


Albuquerque, NM

Capital Region, NY

Pestmaster® Services


Capital Region, NY

Central New York, NY

Pestmaster® Services

1581 County Rt 9
Central New York, NY

Kingston, NY

Pestmaster® Services

75 Lucas Ave
Kingston, NY

Luzerne, PA

Pestmaster® Services


Luzerne, PA

Mt. Pocono, PA

Pestmaster® Services

3360 Rt 940
Mt. Pocono, PA

Philadelphia, PA

Pestmaster® Services

24 N Bryn Mawr Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Charleston, SC

Pestmaster® Services

230 Spring St
Charleston, SC

Austin, TX

Pestmaster® Services


Austin, TX

Ft. Hood, TX

Pestmaster® Services

108 Clear Spring Rd
Ft. Hood, TX

San Angelo, TX

Pestmaster® Services

4134 Goodnight Trl
San Angelo, TX

North San Antonio, TX

Pestmaster® Services

5710 West Interstate 10
North San Antonio, TX

South San Antonio, TX

Pestmaster® Services

5710 West Interstate 10
South San Antonio, TX

Sandy, UT

Pestmaster® Services

9980 S 300 W, Ste 200
Sandy, UT

Tooele, UT

Pestmaster® Services


Tooele, UT

Alexandria, VA

Pestmaster® Services


Alexandria, VA

Quantico, VA

Pestmaster® Services


Quantico, VA

Richmond, VA

Pestmaster® Services


Richmond, VA

Amioun, Lebanon

Lebanon

PO Box 29 Amioun Cedar Road
Amioun, Lebanon