An Argentine ant super-colony stretches 560 miles along the California coast. Our clients live in the middle of it.
Ever wonder why it is so difficult to get rid of ants?
Answer: You are surrounded.
An Argentine ant super-colony stretches from Mexico to Ukiah. This super-colony is formed of closely related smaller colonies that do not compete with each other. As soon as you manage to eliminate one colony, another colony nearby is ready to take their place. It takes constant vigilance to control Argentine ants.
Five Reasons to Hate Argentine Ants
1. Argentine ants eat what we do. They prefer sweets but will eat almost anything including meat, egg, oil and fat. Also, when foraging for food, Argentine ants leave pheromone trails everywhere they go, instead of just from nest to food source. This efficient habit ensures they do not waste time visiting the same area twice.
2. Argentine ants nest just about anywhere. The worker ants are 1/16″ to 1/4″ long and easily squeeze through the smallest cracks and holes. They nest in the ground, in cracks in concrete walls, in spaces between boards and timbers, and in your house!
3. Argentine ants farm aphids. Argentine ants sometimes tend aphid colonies in gardens. They protect aphids from predators (we’ve seen them stage group attacks on ladybugs). Argentine ants become aphid farmers in order to feast off the aphid excretion known as honeydew.
4. Argentine ants are good reproducers. Argentine ant colonies have as many as eight reproductive queens for every 1,000 workers. Colonies reproduce by budding off into new units. As few as ten workers and a single queen can establish a new colony. Theses sister colonies don’t compete with each other…that’s how the California super-colony got started.
5. Argentine ants wipe out native ants. “Argentine ants are not good neighbors. When they meet ants from another colony, any other colony, they fight to the death, and tear the other ants to pieces. While other kinds of ants sometimes take slaves or even have sex with ants from different colonies, the Argentine ants don’t fool around. If you’re not part of the colony, you’re dead.”—Radiolab.org