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Argentine Ant | Argentine Ant

Size
The Argentine ant grows to about 1/8 inch long and all workers are the same size.


Color
They are shiny and range in color from dull gray-black to gray-brown.


Habits
Argentine ants build shallow nests in the soil beneath stones, concrete slabs or other debris. They may also be found in piles of lumber, bricks, landscape mulch, insulation, walls and trees. Argentine ant colonies can grow very large with tens of thousands of workers and multiple queens. Colonies often combine becoming one huge super-colony extending over several residential properties. Argentine ants are very aggressive and will drive out other ant species.


Diet
Their primary food source is the sweet honeydew produced by aphids and mealy bugs. Protein foods may be part of their diet, but Argentine ants prefer sugar and will also dine on household food products and garden fruits. They enter houses in search of food and water. Argentine ants are fond of sweets, tuna, syrups, juices, eggs, dead spiders and rodents, vomit, feces and just about any other organic matter they can find.


Reproduction
Colonies contain thousands of workers and many queens, and mating takes place within the confines of the colony. Queens are the only ones that lay eggs. Since Argentine ants have as many as eight queens for every 1,000 workers, they raise more babies, making it very difficult to kill a colony.


Other Information
Though the Argentine Ant is a small, non-stinging ant, it is very territorial and aggressive and will drive away or kill competing ant species. They make a chemical called iridomyr-mecin which they smear on their enemies to kill them or make them run away. Neighboring colonies of Argentine ants appear not to be aggressive toward each other, allowing for the rapid spread and domination of this species.


Treatment Tips
The most important step when dealing with any ant infestation is to find the source.

 

 

Interior

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Gourmet Ant Bait  
Gourmet Ant Bait
-Apply 1-3 inch lines
-For use in & around food handling areas
-Less Toxic then table salt.

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$12.95
 

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Maxforce Ant Gel  
Maxforce Ant Gel
-Apply small, pea sized bait placements out of reach of children and pets

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$7.95
 

Exterior


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Wisdom TC Flowable  (Bifen)  
Wisdom TC Flowable (Bifen)
-Quick Knock Down, Last 30-Days
-Mix concentrate at 1oz per gallon
-Use 2-4 gallons per application
-Application= $2.50 to $4.99
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$49.95
 

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Cy-kick CS Concentrate  
Cy-kick CS Concentrate
-Microencapsulated last 60-days
-Mix at a rate of 1oz /gal. water
-Avg. 1-3 gallons per application
-Avg. application= $3.13 to $9.36
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$49.95
 

Equipment


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Nitri Solve Gloves  
Nitri Solve Gloves
-Professional Grade Rubber Gloves
-Strong Chemical Resistance
-Recommend for all treatments
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$4.95
 

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Valuline Backpack Sprayer  
Valuline Backpack Sprayer
-Durable Backpack Sprayer
-Great for around the house or commercial use
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$114.95
 

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Victor Glue Traps  
Victor Glue Traps
-Used for trapping and monitoring
-Provides additional control
-Order by 20 ct. or by the case
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$9.95
 

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Bug and Weed Sprayer  
Bug and Weed Sprayer
-Sturdy Plastic Pump Can
-Holds 1 Gallon
-Least Expensive Option
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$18.95
 


 
 
 
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