Nest Site/Characteristics: Argentine ant colonies live in moist areas near a food source. Colony numbers fluctuate seasonally, ranging from one hundred to several hundred thousand workers and many queens. Foraging workers follow trails: winged queens can sometimes be found among them. Argentine ants live outdoors in shallow nest in moist areas, including under boards and stones, beneath plants and along sidewalks. Argentine ants will also nest indoors. When outdoors conditions are too wet or too dry, Argentine ants invade building by trailing along tree and shrub branches, utility lines and wires.
Feeding Preferences: Argentine ants prefer sweets such as honeydew, fruit juices and plant secretions, but will also forage on proteins (meat, insects, eggs) and fats and even attach small, vulnerable animals.
Control: When Argentine ant colonies are eliminated, new colonies may quickly take their place. Effective management programs should 1. correct conducive conditions and seal possible entries; 2. find and treat existing colonies; 3. apply perimeter treatments; and 4. use baits.
For colonies living in soil, under mulch, under stones or debris, treat each mound thoroughly as well as perimeter treatment. When treating mounds it is best to use a rod to penetrate and thoroughly saturate.
To treat infestations in wood or behind stone or brick veneer, drill holes into galleries and inject dust. Access wall voids via electrical outlet and plumbing installation holes and inject an insecticide dust or residual spray. DO NOT apply liquids in or around electrical equipment.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact First Response Pest Control Located in Highland Village Texas and serving Lewisville, Flower Mound, Corinth, Lantana, Lake Dallas, Denton and surrounding areas. Call us at 214-864-0669