Did you know that there are a lot of ants in the world – over 12,000 species to be exact? This article is a continuation in a series on the Seven Most Common Ants. We will discuss information to help you identify them and keep them from hurting you and your home.
Ants can be many things when they get into your home or when you’re having an outdoor social event:
Two fascinating facts about ants:
- An ant can lift 20 times its body weight. If a second grader was as strong as an ant, he or she would be able to pick up a car!
- Queen ants can live for many years and have millions of babies!
Most common ant species
In this series, we will focus on each of these ants:
- Argentine Ants
- Carpenter Ants
- Crazy Ants
- Fire Ants
- Ghost Ants
- Odorous House Ants
- Pavement Ants
We are covering the Argentine Ant in this article.
The scientific name for Argentine ants is Linepithema humile. They are known as one of the world’s most invasive and problematic ant species because they form massive colonies called supercolonies that contact millions of ants that can populate entire city blocks.
The Argentine ant is very aggressive, and although they are not poisonous, they can bite people.
The ant is:
- light to dark brown
- about 1/12–1/8-inch long
- antennae are strongly elbowed (12 segments)
- a single node in front of the abdomen (the waist).
These ants are originally native to Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and southern Brazil. They can now found all over the work including South Africa, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, the United States, and Europe.
Argentine ants are located throughout the southern states, California and Hawaii.
If you see a trail of ants traveling up buildings, trees and into homes, it is an indication that you have an Argentine ant infestation? Contact a Pest Control Company immediately.
There are 15 queens for every 1,000 worker ants in an Argentine ant colony. The queens and males mate solely to populate the colony, and the male dies shortly after mating.
Ant Prevention Tips
It is important to be preventive to keep ants away from your property. Here is some information to help.
The reason ants enter a home is because they are looking for food or moisture. During cold weather months, they may even be looking for warmth. There are several steps you can take to help prevent ants from your home:
- Seal gaps around pipes, cracks, and crevices.
- Fix leaks and moisture problems immediately.
- Keep areas clean of food and beverage spills.
- Seal and store cereals, sugars, dried fruits, etc.
- Make sure you clean and store put pet food after pets are done eating.
- Search out any moisture-damaged wood and replace it.
- Keep gutters free-flowing.
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