Ants are the 3rd pest problem in the country. Ant control can be difficult, but there are some things you should know about how ants’ behavior can lead to big headaches for you and your home.


False Honey Ants: Facts, Identification & Control

Argentine Ant

Prenolepis imparis

Description:

False honey ants are light to dark brown; workers are about 1/8 inch long. False honey ants have the following characteristics:
1) petiole with one node,
2) thorax is uneven in profile, looks ‘pinched’ (workers only), and
3) first antennal segment (also called scape) is considerably longer than head [compare with cornfield ants].

Diet:

Prefer sweets, especially honeydew.

Argentine ants


Nesting Sites:

In soil in open, well shaded sites. Their nests are rarely concealed under logs, stones, etc. They do not nest indoors.

Mating Swarms:

April through May. Sometimes they may also be found indoors during winter.

Management:

Check for ant mounds in open, shaded areas and treat. If nests aren’t found, treat the building perimeter with a residual spray.
Baits are effective against sweet-feeding ants.