Southern Californians are having big problems with ants in their homes and gardens, and none are so troublesome as the invasive Argentine ant. Why so troublesome? Well, it turns out that these pests tend to form what biologists call “supercolonies”. Instead of keeping a small colony of a single queen like most ants, Argentine ant colonies cooperate, meaning your home could be host to several colonies at once!
In addition, Argentine ants are can have as many as 15 queens per 1000 workers, making them reproduce much faster than other ants. On top of all that, Argentine ants are not a native California species, meaning they have no natural predators or other environmental checks to keep their population under control. Seems like everyone is trying to move into our beautiful state!
How to Get Rid of Argentine Ants
Taking the fight to these pests can be tough, but we’re here with some tips that will come in handy:
- Cut off their food supply. Argentine ants love human food, so use rugged, air-tight containers in your pantry, and keep your kitchen as clean as you can.
- While you’re at it, check for standing water, leaky pipes, or other water sources in and around your home.
- Try to locate the nest. It’s easier to get rid of Argentine ants if you know where they’re hiding.
- Try using bait rather than direct spray products. Kill-on-contact sprays might get rid of the ants you see, but bait products might take out the whole colony!
How Joshua’s Pest Control Gets Rid of Ants
Even with these tactics, your home might still be host to a huge Argentine ant problem. Because of their tenacious characteristics, you could be fighting with them for months on end with no real results. Removing Argentine ants permanently takes persistence and real expertise. Because we train our teams every day on the best ways to eliminate pests, we offer nothing less than the very best in getting ants out of your home or business. Joshua’s Pest Control has been saving families in San Diego from the nuisance of pests for years, and our service comes with guaranteed results. That means that if at any time between services you happen to spot any pests, we’ll come back to address the problem at no additional cost. Call now for a free consultation!