Argentine Ants  The Argentine Ant was first found by Gutov Mayer in 1866 from samples collected in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Professor Wilmin Newell gave the ant it's common name.  Although it is not certain when this ant first appeared in the United States it is commonly believed to have arrived in New Orleans aboard a coffee shipment from Brazil.  Since it's first arrival the Argentine Ant has become firmly established throughout the United States.
 
Argentine ants nest in compound colonies where the worker ant roams freely from nest to nest.  Some of these colonies can contain thousands of worker and reproductive ants.  These ants can build their nests in shade and sunny conditions.  The queen ant produces approxiamtely 60 eggs each 24 hour period.  All of the worker ants are female and live for up to 1 year.  It takes an adverage of 70-75 days for an egg to develope.  Forages consist of about 10 percent of the colony. When foraging the ant lays a scent trail consisting of a pheromone which is how the find their way back to the food source.  Some nests can be as far away as 100 feet from the food source.
 
Control measures should begin no later that mid winter.  It has been suggested that sugar and protein baits be used to control.  This type of ant usually searches for sugar based foods in the spring and fatty based foods in the fall.  
 
For more information on these ants please check out our LInks of Interest.  Or if you like take a look at this video!
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOB153MOgVQ