Color: Light to Dark Brown
Size: 2.2 to 2.8mm
Scientific Name: Linepithema humile
Argentine Ant FAQs
Do Argentine ants bite humans?
Because it does not sting or bite humans the Argentine ant is not a direct threat to humans, unlike the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta). Instead, the Argentine ant is most notable as a nuisance pest in urban areas, especially because of the availability of water.
Are Argentine ants a problem?
Argentine ants are an invasive species known for displacing native ants. They are also one of the most troublesome home-infesting pests. Moist areas, like mulch, under debris on the ground, under piles of refuse and home foundations, attract Argentine ants.
How do I keep Argentine ants away?
Argentine ants are attracted to food and water, so eliminate any standing water such as birdbaths, grill covers, and standing water in flower pots. Firewood piles may be ideal nesting sites for Argentine ants, so you may need to remove them.
Do Argentine ants live in walls?
Argentine ants like to make their nests in mulched beds or potted plants. They can live in walls in the winter which makes it difficult to get insecticides to these ants.