Ants

Argentine Ant

Linepithema Humile

3 mm. The Queens are two to four times the length.

The Argentine ant is a brown ant. Because of its small size it may appear black at first glance.

These ants will nest in the ground, in voids between boards and timber, or even a crack in a concrete wall or structure. They dwell by water sources which is why they usually appear in or around pluming in a residence or structure. Due to their poor ability to dig, they construct shallow nest in leaf litter or loose gravel or dirt. But if deep digging ants abandon their nest the Argentine will take it over with ease. Usually one colony will have multiple queens present.

Pest control usually requires exploiting their omnivorous dietary habits, through use of slow-acting baits, which will be carried back to the nest by the workers, eventually killing all the individuals, including the queens. It may take four to five days to eradicate a colony in this manner. Because there are multiple Queens in a colony it is impractical to spray these ants. Spraying them will encourage the queens to produce more eggs to combat the sprays. If you believe to have an infestation the best thing to do is contact a professional.


Odorous Ants

Tapinoma Sessile

Can vary from 1.5–3.2 mm.

They range in color from brown to black. Their antennae have 12 segments.

These ants are both scavengers and predators. They will eat most house hold foods especially food high in sugar. They will also eat any other insect if given the chance. They will form colonies virtually anywhere. Indoors they will nest near a heat source or in the insulation. In dry hot conditions they will nest in a house plant or even under toilet lids.

By tracing the ants back the colony they can be effectively controlled with approved ant sprays. All their daily necessities must be removed standing water, all food must be sealed in containers or placed in the refrigerator. If you believe you have an infestation the best thing to do is contact a professional.


Fire Ants

Solenopsis

Can vary from 2mm- 6mm.

Fire ants can be identified from other ants by its copper brown head and its body will have a darker abdomen. Sizes can vary in the same colony the works are blackish to reddish and they will be from 2mm to 6mm. Fire ants have a dedicated venom-injecting sting as well as mandibles.

Fire ants will build large mounds in open areas. Large mounds nests will get as high as 40 cm and as deep as 1.5 meters. Unlike most ants that bite and spay acid on the wounds, fire ants only bite on for grip. Then they sting with their abdomen where they inject a toxin called solenopsis which is alkaloid venom. When this venom is injected into a wound it will produce a burning sensation hence fire ant.

Granular bait is the most effective way to knock down fire ants. If used correctly they will control about 80% of the problem. A broadcast treatment around the mounds with insecticide will control the remaining ants the gradual bait doesn’t reach. . If you believe to have an infestation the best thing to do is contact a professional.


Red Harvester Ants

Pogonomyrmex Barbatus

Can vary from 5mm-7mm.

Red Harvester Ant is a large ant. It is reddish brown. This ant is usually seen close to its characteristic mound witch is broad and flattened with a large area of vegetation cleared around it.

Red Harvester Ants’ diet consists of seed witch they hoard in high numbers. They can sometimes be aggressive. They contain a very painful bite that will spread strait to the lymph nodes. If someone is allergic to their venom they can have a reaction. Their attacks can be very aggressive. The queen will give birth over her entire life span witch is usually between 1-20 years. Because of their long life span they are easily kept in captivity.

These ants can easily be controlled with the correct granular baits. As long as there used correctly you can gain control very fast. . If you believe to have an infestation the best thing to do is contact a professional.