What To Do About Argentine Ants Around Your San Diego Home

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At Habitat Protection, we see a lot of pests on a weekly basis. Of all the pests we deal with, ants are the most common. One reason for this is that there are many ant species that can create problems. Today, we're going to focus on one of the worst ant pests in California. These ants have made it into news headlines for their ability to make supercolonies—one colony was found to stretch from Northern California to the Mexican border. Here are a few important facts you should know about Argentine ants, and Argentine ant pest control In San Diego.

What An Argentine Ant Looks Like

A worker ant in an Argentine ant colony will be about 1/12 of an inch. One individual ant isn't much to look at. Unfortunately, you're not going to see just one ant. You're going to see lots of these tiny ants. When you do, you're likely to notice them because they're shiny. They also standout on a white or brightly colored surfaces, due to their dark brown to black coloration.  

Why You Don't Want Argentine Ants Around Your House

If you're trying to decide what to do about Argentine ants around your San Diego home, you need to know what you're up against. Here are a few reasons why you're not going to want these ants hanging out near your home.

  • They're going to get in. The sheer number of ants in an Argentine ant colony make it likely that these ants will get into your home.
  • If you attempt to seal every gap, crack, and hole, they may still get in. Their small size allows them to get in through the tiniest of openings.
  • It stinks when they do find a way inside. When you crush Argentine ants, they create a musty smell.
  • When these ants get into your trash or some other dirty place, they can become a mechanical vector for bacteria. The result may be stomach illness.
  • These ants are clever and persistent.

The best solution for Argentine ants is professional ant pest control because DIY ant control can be frustrating—particularly when this is the species you're battling.  

Why It Is So Hard To Get Rid Of An Ant Infestation On Your Own

Even if you know how to get rid of an ant infestation, ants have the potential to be frustrating to control. Once they get inside, they establish themselves in places that are difficult or impossible to reach, such as wall, floor, and ceiling voids. When residents attempt to get control of ants, they sometimes make the problem worse, which is often the case with Argentine ants. There are several queens in an Argentine ant colony. If the queens sense danger, it can cause budding to occur—turning one nest into several nests. Effective ant control for homeowners needs to take budding into consideration.  

Contact The Pros At The First Sign Of Argentine Ants In Your House

Ant control in your house or yard is more about the process and less about the products. At Habitat Protection, our certified technicians use field-tested methods developed by entomologists and experts in the pest control industry to outsmart ants. These methods are particularly helpful when it comes to Argentine ants because of how clever they behave, how quickly they reproduce, and how effective they are at budding. Your technician will perform inspections, track routes, apply appropriate treatments, monitor activity, and evaluate the treatment plan to ensure no ants remain in your home.

Do you need ant control in San Diego? Reach out to us here at Habitat Protection for assistance. We have the solutions that will get the results you want.  

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