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Combating Argentine Ants

In the past, we've had calls from customers in Flower Mound, Texas, with ant problems. These aren't your typical sugar ants or fire ants. These are an aggressive variety known as Argentine ants, which can cause major headaches for homeowners. Some infestations are so large they've actually caused light fixtures to flicker and electrical sockets to stop working. These ants can be found in the walls of homes, expanding their colonies, and are hard to control.

Argentine ants are especially difficult to control because they have unusual biology. Unlike many other ant species, they have many queens, and workers can go back to any nest, essentially forming one large supercolony. In most cases, there are multiple difficult-to-locate outdoor nests. Perimeter treatments are often the best way to deal with these ants. If you see ant trails or ants indoors, contact Robertson Pest and Termite so we can identify them and set up a plan of action before the colony starts to increase in size. Below is a list of tips you can implement to help reduce the chance of infestation in your home.

Indoor Ant Control Advice

Ants found indoors may be nesting in the structure itself or just coming inside to look for food or water. Whatever the case, there are certain steps you can take that will aid indoor ant control.

  • Most ants feed on sweets or meats and grease. Wipe up spills immediately. Clean crumbs and drips from shelves, counters, and floors. Don't overlook hidden areas, such as stove vents and drip pans that can collect grease.
  • Don't leave open containers of sugar, honey, butter, or snacks on counters or tables.
  • Put leftover food away in sealed containers. Food in cardboard boxes or plastic bags should be transferred into glass, metal, or plastic containers with tight lids.
  • Leave pet food out only briefly, and then remove it.
  • Remove piles of papers or stacked bags, which can provide sites for ant nesting.
  • To keep ants from crawling up kitchen tables or other standing objects, place double-sided sticky tape around the legs.
  • Do not use insecticides or strong cleaners near areas that have been sprayed or baited for ants.
  • Store household garbage away from ant-infested sites in sealed bags and containers. Empty the garbage frequently.
  • Rinse food containers going in the garbage or recycling before tossing them into the bin.
  • Many ants coexist with aphids, feeding on the sugary "honeydew" the aphids secrete. Make sure there are no plants with aphids indoors or against your home.
  • Check cut flowers for ants before bringing them indoors. Ants may take up residence inside a potted plant. Place it outdoors and soak it repeatedly with water to force them out.
  • Carry in only small quantities of firewood at a time to avoid bringing in ants.

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