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Quick Facts

Live in large colonies

Have the ability to move rapidly

Very aggressive ants

May bite if provoked but bites are not typically serious

Contaminate food 

Not native to the United States, Argentine ants were introduced in the 1890’s. Ships carrying coffee and sugar from Argentina inadvertently brought these stowaways into the port of New Orleans.

What do Argentine ants look like?

All Argentine ants are the same size (1/11” – 1/10”). They’re also uniformly brown.

Argentine ants habits and behaviors

  • Outside Argentine ants nest under slabs, mulch or anywhere that is moist.
  • This type of ant prefers the outdoors but enter houses and other structures looking for food, water and warmth.
  • Argentine ants are not picky eaters and will consume just about anything they find. They do prefer sweet foods.
  • Argentine ants are considered trailing ant and will travel from their nest to a food source. We should mention that they travel with thousands of their closest friends.
  • Unlike other ants, Argentine ants mate within the colony and do not swarm.

Are Argentine ants dangerous?

Argentine ants do not sting and rarely bite. They are considered a nuisance pest that may push you to the limits of sanity. That’s because these house-infesting ants are likely to show up in just about every nook and cranny.

Does Aiken treat Argentine ants?

Yes, we do. Our quarterly home pest control program is designed to eliminate and prevent pest problems and covers a wide range of pests including ants. We also offer commercial pest control services that protect businesses from ants and other insects and rodents. Contact Aiken Pest Control today for more information.


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