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Argentine Ants

Argentine Ant Identification and Treatment

argentine ants

Identification

  • dark to light brown
  • 1/12-1/8 inches
  • creates a musty odor when crushed
  • large trails

Locations

  • cracks and crevices
  • patio areas, plants, sidewalks, driveways, near water, under buildings and moist soil next to structures

Geographic Location

  • California
  • southern United States

Treatment Methods

Baiting

  • find trail or colony and apply bait
  • use slow acting bait, allows workers to bring back the bait to the colony
  • tend to eat more sweet foods than protein foods but will go in cycles like any other ant
  • remove all competing food sources

-Sweet Baits

-Protein Baits

Ant Bait Kits for Argentine Ants

Spraying insecticides

  • use non-repellent insecticides
  • spray around perimeter of household and any entry points (window sills, doorways, AC units, etc.)
  • most effective method of eliminating ant problems

Taurus SC
Dominion 2L
Fuse Insecticide

Recommended Method

The top recommended method combines a non-repllent spray( Taurus SC) and recommended ant baits.

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  1. Maxforce Fleet

    Maxforce Fleet Ant Gel with Fipronil provides a long-lasting, and fast choice for ant control. Maxforce Fleet is a carbohydrate-based gel with a high moisture content that gets rid of ants within 3-5 days. If the ants prefer a protein-based bait, they may ignore this bait.

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  2. Mega Colony Ant Kit
    $77.15

    The Mega-Colony Ant Kit works very well against the mega-colony ants such as Argentine and Crazy Ants. Megacolony ants have several queens and are numerous. They are invasive and difficult to control with just a single product. We have combined a kit that contains both a sweet based ant bait and protein based ant bait that works well on mega-colony ants. These baits may be applied both inside and outside. Also included in the kit is a non-repellent insecticide, called Dominion 2L. As a non-repellent, the ants can not detect it in an attempt to avoid. it. The ants will pick it up on their feet and take it back to the colony, distributing it throughout the colony as they groom themselves.

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  3. Taurus SC 20 oz

    Starting at: $43.50

    Taurus SC Insecticide and Termiticide with 9.1 % Fipronil has the same active ingredient and label as the well known Termidor SC. Taurus SC is a non-repellent insecticide labeled for termite treatments and home perimeter treatments. Since Taurus is a non-repellent, the insects do not know it is there, so they don't make attempts to avoid it. They will cross over it, and consume or spread Taurus SC throughout the entire colony. It is a water-based suspension concentrate for pre and post-construction termite applications, and to control perimeter pests.

    Taurus SC will exterminate termite colonies in a little as 3 months on average. As an ant control product it is proven to be a very effective ant killer working in just a couple of weeks.

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  4. Optigard Ant Bait Gel (thiamethoxam)

    Optigard Ant Bait Gel is a powerful, slow acting non-repellent. The active ingredient, thiamethoxam, knocks out workers, brood, and queens. Optigard is for indoor and outdoor control of structure-invading ants; excluding fire, harvester, and Pharaoh ants. Optigard Ant Bait Gel doesn't have the unsightly yellowish-brown color or the runny inconsistency of other baits.

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  5. Invict Blitz Ant Granules

    Starting at: $31.05

    Invict Blitz is a mega colony bait that is perfect for combating mega colony ants and persistent ants such as Argentine, Rasberry Crazy, Caribbean and Big-Headed ants. The active ingredient, imidaclorprid is included with a proprietary bait matrix that is a powerful combination. It may be used indoor, outdoor or truf use.

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  6. FUSE Termiticide & Insecticide -137.5 oz

    Starting at: $72.90

    FUSE insecticide/termiticide uses a combination of active ingredients with various modes of action for an unique and effective product. This combined chemistry by Control Solutions uses two non-repellents, imidacloprid and fipronil for very effective termite and perimeter pest control applications. It not only controls termites and ants, but a number of outside perimeter pests.

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  7. Complete Ant Bait Kit #1
    $58.95

    A complete ant kit to fit all the dietary needs for inside and outside, excluding fire ants, harvester and pharaoh ants. For use in Commercial, Industrial and Residential areas. A complete ant bait kit to fit all the dietary needs for inside and outside, excluding fire ants, harvester and pharaoh ants.

    Contains:

    1. (1) 8 oz Maxforce Complete Insect Bait
    2. (1 Box ) AdvionAnt Bait Gel- 4 x 30 gram syrings.
    3. (12) Intice Ant Bait Station Plates with lids
    4. Catchmaster 100i Insect Traps (3 boards-9 traps)
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  8. Invict Xpress Granular Bait - 8 oz, 4 lbs and 25 lbs

    Starting at: $16.58

    Invict Xpress, with Imidacloprid kills a broad spectrum of insects at top speed. The listed pests it kills include ants, roaches, crickets, mole crickets, silverfish, firebrats and earwigs.

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  9. InTice Smart ant gel - 1.5 oz syringe

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    InTice Smart ant gel is a blend of four carbohydrate sources ants love. InTice won't drip or run and stays moist longer than other gel baits. Ants can continue to feed even as it does dry.

    Packaging: 1.5 oz. syringe
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  10. Phantom  II Aerosol

    Phantom Pressurized Aerosol Spray delivers the power and effectiveness of Phantom Insecticide in a convenient and easy-to-use aerosol can with an active ingredient Chlorfenapyr 0.5%. Phantom Aerosol by BASF has changed to "Phantom II", with the same active ingredient, Chlorfenapyr 0.5%. Phantom II now has less odor.

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