Have you ever heard of an Argentine ant? As their name suggests, these little guys migrated from Argentina and live in moist climates, so they thrive in Georgia. During the winter, they like to seek comfort inside the cracks and crevices of homes.
Argentine ants are light to dark brown and are about 1/16 of an inch long. Here’s an example of what they look like:
(Image Source: Pest World)
According to the Global Invasive Species Database, Argentine ants are ranked among the top 100 worst invasive species in the world. They are known for displacing native ants by taking over entire ecosystems, reproducing quickly, and building multiple colonies. These colonies can become so large that they not only impact homes but entire blocks.
Here are a few tips for getting rid of Argentine ants:
This is a tip that our Bug Guys talk about a lot, but we can’t stress it enough. If insects don’t have a form of entrance, they won’t be able to get into your home! Simple enough, right? To seal up entry points, you can use caulk or concrete.
Make sure that you don’t have any trees or shrubs that are too close to your home. One of the main ways ants get inside of your home is through access from plants. If you do, it may be time for a trim!
Try a natural repellent! One method is combining dish soap, water, and alcohol into a spray bottle.
The use of sprays and insecticides will cause stress to the invasive Argentine ant colonies, and they will scatter. If you do choose to bait them, make sure to do your research and use a slow-acting bait.
Argentine ants are aggressive and invasive little pests, so be patient these tips may need a little time to do the trick. If you are still having problems and none of these methods seem to be working, we would love to help! Our Bug Guys are experts at getting rid of Argentine ants. Give us a call at 706-979-2536 or fill out our contact form here.