Argentine Ants – Worst Ants In The World!

If you live in southern California, you probably have seen endless single-file columns of uninvited six-legged guests walking through your home. They follow a pre-marked pheromone “scent” trail initially laid down by scouts who were searching for goodies in your pantry. Although they prefer the outdoor lifestyle, they primarily enter houses for food and water. They are fond of sweets, tuna, syrups (even cough syrup), juices, eggs, dead spiders and rodents, vomit, feces, and just about any other organic matter they can find. They are essentially scavengers and they play a valuable role in the natural ecosystem–but preferably in Argentina. In hot, dry weather they often search your home for water, including bathroom faucets and drains. I once followed an ant safari into my bathroom where they were neatly stacking their precious cargo of tiny eggs inside my toilet tank. They also relish the “honeydew” secretion of aphids and protect their aphid friends from natural predators. In the fall months as the nights get chilly, they once again seek the warmth and shelter of your cozy home. They thrive in Florida as it perfectly suits their preferred habitat. The first Argentine ants set foot on U.S. soils in the late 1890s, as coffee ships from Brazil unloaded their cargo in New Orleans. Being prolific breeders and constantly on the go, they moved across the southern half of the United States. A single colony may contain 10,000 female workers, and there may be hundreds of colonies around your home; the total number of ants could easily reach a million. Although they cannot sting, they can bite; however, they are only about 3 mm long and their tiny mandibles are too small to hurt humans. But, in the world of insects, these ants are truly a living terror. They are very aggressive and readily overtake other ant species, even ants that are much larger and with powerful stings. Argentine ants are relentless and simply outnumber their adversaries until the enemy colony is destroyed. Orlando Pest Control can help in getting rid of Argentine Ants.

This article gives you a detailed account of the life of the Argentine Ants, which can aid you with their eradication.

If you have specific questions about Argentine Ants, check out our FAQ section.

 

Did you know?

Most ant colonies revolve around a single queen. Growing much larger than the worker drones, she is programmed to mate as quickly as possible, then to leave her nest of origin and establish a new one.

 

 

Argentine Ants Quick Facts

 


Color

Dark brown or black

Scientific Name

Linepithema humile

Family

Formicidae 

 

 

Lifespan:
1-3 weeks


Riddance:

Orlando Pest ControlCall All American Pest Control (321) 559-7378.
 

Habitat:

Leaf litter or beneath small stones


Size:
1.6–2.8 millimeters

Food:

Sweet Food and honeydew

Antennae:

Yes

 

 

Is It an Argentine Ant? – Identifying an Argentine Ant

Argentine ants are very ordinary-looking, small brown ants. They are small and slender, 2.6 to 3.2mm long, and are dark brown in color. The worker ants are uniform in shape and size and move in well-defined trails. They have a slightly greasy, musty odor when crushed. Argentine ants do not possess a sting but will bite readily, although the bite is not painful.

Where Springtails Live? — Habitat of Springtails

Argentine ants may live in soil, underwood, logs, debris, or mulch. They may also nest in cavities at the base of shrubs and trees. Their nests are often shallow, measuring up to 20 cm (~8 in) in depth in open habitats.

All Argentine ants are the same size. They travel with well-defined trails between their web of nests and their food sources. Argentine ants feed on sweets, honeydew, and oily household foods.

How Do Argentine Ants behave? — The Lifestyle of Argentine Ants

Argentine ants have a social structure in which there are numerous queens in each nest, and their nests are interconnected through an interchange of workers and queens. New colonies are formed by budding whereby one or more queens with attendant workers leave an existing nest and walk to a nearby location. While Argentine ant queens do initially possess wings these are lost and new colonies are not established by queens flying to a new location. An entire infestation covering many hectares operates as a single colony with many nests.

Life Cycle of The Argentine Ant

Like other ant species, Argentine ants pass through the development process called complete metamorphosis. Eggs are white, and larvae emerge from them after about 28 days. They reach adult stage in about 74 days.

Nests & Colonies

While other ant species have seasonal nuptial swarming flights, Argentine ants do not establish new nests through swarming. They produce reproductives that do not swarm from the nest but instead mate inside the nest. At times, due to temperature or colony pressures, a queen Argentine ant will leave her nest on foot to establish new colonies. New nests are constructed around the original, and remain connected to the queen’s old colony, so workers are sometimes shared between colonies.

Queens

Argentine ant queens are different and unusual when compared to queens of other ant species. Some of those dissimilarities and behavioral characteristics are:

  • Argentine ant queens are small, about 1/6 – 1/4 inches in length, much smaller than most other species of ant queens
  • Winged Argentine ant queens mate once with a winged male, after which they can continuously produce fertile eggs for as long as they live. While other ant species have seasonal swarming flights, these ants do not form new nests through mating swarms. Instead, they mate inside the nest.
  • A single Argentine ant colony will have several queens, each of them capable of laying as many as 60 eggs per day.
  • Argentine ant queens help workers by feeding their young. Most other ant queens primarily lay eggs and depend on the ant workers to feed and care for the young.
  • Argentine ant queens are mobile and may be seen outside the nest along with workers, unlike other ant queens who reside inside the nest for life. Queen mobility enables the rapid movement and establishment of nests to other areas if conditions become inhospitable.
  • At times, due to temperature or colony pressures, an Argentine ant queen will leave her nest without taking flight and establish a new nest.

Males

Male Argentine ants hatch from the queen’s unfertilized eggs and are fairly short-lived. The single function of a male Argentine ant is to mate with a queen to preserve and proliferate the colony. The males usually die soon after mating.

 

How to Tell if I Have Argentine ants? — Argentine Ants Infestation

Continuous well-defined trails, sometimes more than three ants wide, of slow-moving, small brown ants of uniform size are often evidence of an argentine ant infestation. The ants will often readily climb onto a person’s hand when it is placed in their trail. Many other ant species will not do this.

Argentine ants are typically confined to urban areas and they nest outside buildings, at the base of trees or in the tree itself, along the edges of paths and in lawns and garden beds. They will thrive in swamps and low-lying areas where moisture is plentiful.

Populations peak from January to June, and they can be very invasive, coming indoors in large numbers in their search for food and moisture.

These ants are ecological pests. They attack nesting birds, hatching eggs, and other native fauna. Argentine ants will quickly eliminate other ants from an infested area — especially native ants which play an important role in the ecosystem. They will rob commercial beehives and are significant pests in orchards and sometimes larger farms. There can be a significant cost to the community in their control, which is normally difficult since it involves the ongoing and repetitive use of residual, contact insecticides.

Are Argentine Ants dangerous? — Threats of Argentine Ants Infestation

Argentine ant nests support multiple queens, these pests breed rapidly and create huge colonies that can number into the hundreds of thousands of workers. Drawn to decay and waste, the insects spread bacteria wherever they go. Argentine ants feed by transferring food from mouth to mouth, making baits more effective than aerosol or liquid insecticides.

Argentine ants kill other insects and invade human dwellings. Over time, the network of interconnecting colonies could become a massive infestation. Each colony of Argentine ants can contain millions of insects and multiple queens. These colonies can populate entire city blocks. Argentine ant infestations are best left to a professional pest control operator to identify and treat.

How to Get Rid of Argentine Ants? — Eradication of Argentine Ants

Argentine ants remain the most difficult common pest ant to control. Once cleared from an area, argentine ants can quickly re-colonize it from untreated neighboring properties. This can occur within two weeks. These are the reasons that professional help from Orlando Pest Control is recommended when dealing with Argentine Ants. All American Pest Control gives the best Pest Control packages in Orlando! You can reach them at (321) 559-7378.

 

FAQ

How long do Argentine Ants live?

The average lifespan of an adult Argentine Ant is between 1-3 weeks.

What do Springtail eat?

Argentine Ants are scavengers and mostly feed on sweet things.

Do Argentine Ants Bite?

Argentine Ants are incapable of biting humans.

How do Argentine Ants get to my house?

Argentine Ants can enter your house through open doors or can be transported in a container that was outside.

Are Argentine Ants dangerous?

Argentine Ants are mostly harmless to humans as they do not transmit any diseases.

How can I get rid of Argentine Ants?

Argentine Ants can congregate in large numbers and can cause nuisance! It’s bet to call an exterminator. All American Pest Control is the best Orlando Pest Control company! You can call them at (321) 559-7378.

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Brown Widow Spider

Brown Widow Spider–Shy but Dangerous!

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The Brown Widow Spider is a cosmopolitan tropical and subtropical spider having established populations in Hawaii, Florida, some Caribbean Islands, parts of Australia, South Africa, Japan, and Cyprus.  In North America, the Brown Widow Spider was restricted for many decades to the Florida peninsula.  However, around the year 2000, it started showing up in other Gulf Coast states.  Brown widows are now known from Texas to Georgia and South Carolina. You must take the help of Orlando Pest Control to get rid of them. But before you call them, it’s best to know a little bit about these critters.

This article gives you a detailed account of the life of the Brown Widow Spider, which can help you with their eradication.

If you have specific questions about Silverfish, check out our FAQ section.

 

Did you know?

Brown widow spiders are believed to have evolved in South Africa. The legs are tan brown color with black markings on each of its legs. There is an orange hourglass marking on its belly.

Brown Widow Spider Quick Facts

 


Color

Whitish to dark brown or blackish gray

Scientific Name

Latrodectus geometricus

Family

Theridiidae
 

Lifespan:
1- 2 years


Riddance:

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Habitat:

Protected sites around homes and in woody vegetation with branches


Size:
0.5 – 2 inches

Food:

Other small insects

Antennae:

No

 

 

Is It a Brown Widow Spider? – Identifying a Brown Widow Spider

Unlike its starkly black-and-red colored relative, the black widow, the coloration of a brown widow consists of mottling of tan and brown with black accent marking.  In mature females, there is usually a dorsal longitudinal abdominal stripe and three diagonal stripes on each flank.  At the top of each diagonal stripe, there is a black mark, which is rather conspicuous and square-ish.  The Brown Widow Spider does have an hourglass, but it is typically an orange shade rather than the vivid red of a black widow. The brown widow looks similar to immatures of the western black widow spider, the latter of which has smaller black spots on the top of the diagonal abdominal stripes and more olive-grey background coloration.

Where Do Brown Widow Spiders Live? — Habitat of Brown Widow Spiders

The brown widow builds its web in secluded, protected sites around homes, and woody vegetation with branches.  Some typical sites selected by brown widows for web building are empty containers such as buckets and nursery pots, mailboxes, entryway corners, under eaves, storage closets and garages, recessed hand grips of plastic garbage cans, undercarriages of motor vehicles that are stationary for long periods, and the undersides of outdoor furniture and wrought-iron railings. They choose places that are more exposed than sites chosen by black widows and hence, appear to be at higher risk for interactions with humans as bites are concerned.

How Do Brown Widow Spiders behave? — The Lifestyle of Brown Widow Spiders

As of 2012, researchers at the University of California, Riverside, suggested that the brown widow spider, newly established in Southern California, maybe displacing black widow spiders from the region, competing and/or fighting for territory. While certainly not definitive, this evidence does suggest that the brown widow is likely to be more hostile and aggressive towards its relative, the black widow, than the black widow is towards it. If that proves to be true, humans may be positively affected since brown widow bites are less toxic than those of black widows, thus posing less of a threat as they displace black widows over time.

Life Cycle of The Brown Recluse Spider

Spiders have three stages in their life cycle: egg, spiderling, and adult. After mating, the female lays about 80 eggs and surrounds them with thick silk to build an egg sac. A few days later, the spiderlings hatch from the eggs. They feed on insects trapped in the web and on each other. As spiderlings eat and mature, they outgrow their skin, grow a new skin layer, and shed the old one, a process called molting. Spiders molt throughout their lives. Spiders can reproduce once they reach adult size. Female brown widows reproduce continuously and can make about 20 egg sacs over her lifetime. The web often has several eggs sacs of different ages, developing at the same time. The egg sac of the brown widow has spiny protrusions, compared to the smooth egg sac of the black widow.

How to Tell if I have Brown Widow Spiders? — Brown Widow Spider Infestation

The webs of brown and black widow spiders are made from sticky silken fibers, irregularly shaped, tangled, and constructed in hidden and protected locations. The webs can be found in dense woody plants, in empty containers, under buckets and pots, mailboxes, and under outdoor furniture. They are usually not found inside buildings. They choose more exposed sites than those chosen by black widows, which may increase their interactions with humans. A sighting of the spider is an indication of an infestation.

Are Brown Widow Spiders dangerous? — Threats of Brown Widow Spider Infestation

Brown widow bites have a milder effect than black widows, possibly because the brown widow does not have or cannot inject as much venom as its larger relative. Symptoms of a brown widow bite are similar to most spider bites: pain at the bite site and a red mark. Although its venom is as potent as black widow venom, the brown widow probably doesn’t inject very much venom, making it much less dangerous. Brown widows are shy and tend to avoid contact with humans. Females are not aggressive, make no effort to attack, and prefer to retreat or lie perfectly still. When confronted or provoked, however, they will bite. If bitten, place a cold pack on the bite to relieve the pain and seek medical attention immediately.

How to Get Rid of Brown Widow Spider? — Eradication of Brown Widow Spider

Brown Widow Spiders are not easy to get rid of, they are hard to detect and even harder to eradicate. These are the reasons that professional help from Orlando Pest Control is recommended when dealing with Brown widow Spiders. All American Pest Control gives the best Pest Control packages in Orlando! You can reach them at (321) 559-7378.


 

FAQ

How long do Brown Window Spider live?

They have a pretty long lifespan ranging from 1 to 2 years.

What does Brown Widow Spider eat?

Brown Widow Spider eat soft-bodied insects. They are very potent hunters.

Do Brown Widow Spider Bite?

Brown Widow Spider can bite humans if they are provoked. Their bite is poisonous.

Is Brown Widow Spider dangerous?

Yes! They have a venomous bite that can cause neurotic reactions in some cases.

How can I get rid of Brown Widow Spiders?

Brown Widow Spiders can be difficult spiders to get rid of! Call an exterminator. All American Pest Control is the best Orlando Pest Control company! You can call them at (321) 559-7378.

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Universal Island of Adventures

A friend of ours at Orlando Pest Control told us we should write about Universal Island of Adventures. Planning and executing a trip to the Island of adventures is a lot of fun, but it can overwhelm sometimes. Starting from when to plan the visit to which Islands to visit; everything needs preparation. Don’t worry, this article will help you plan a trip of a life-time to the Universal Island of Adventure.

The Best Time to Visit the Universal Island of Adventure:

It really depends on whether you are planning to go alone, with friends or with your kids.

With Kids:

If you are going with children, it would most probably be during their holidays. So, the question here is not what the best time is but which holidays are the best to plan your Universal Island vacation. The answer is Spring Break! The weather is just perfect. It is not too hot that you melt away. If you plan to visit in March, you will be able to see Mardi gras celebrations!

If your family is big on Christmas celebration, December could be best for you too. Island of adventure has an elaborate display of Christmas and parades which are just magical!

However, keep in mind that these are peak seasons so the prices will be higher than usual. My advice will be to have your bookings done well in advance and keep an eye on last-minute deals on hotels and vacation rentals. It will save you a lot of money. Moreover, plan the trip during weekdays to avoid a bigger crowd.

Without Kids:

Off-peak seasons are best for people visiting without children. These are the times when schools are open so families with kids are not really on vacation. The perks of Off season are not just limited to smaller crowds, but cheaper prices too!

The best off-peak times for you to visit Universal Island of Adventure are:

  • Start of the year (January and early February)
  • A month before or a few weeks after the spring vacations.
  • After the Labor Day Till just before thanksgiving.
  • the period between after-thanksgiving week and mid-December.

How Long Your Trip to Universal Island Should be

Even a 7-day trip would not be enough to absorb the awesomeness that Florida offers!  Although you can also plan a day at park too, but you would just be tasting the appetizers instead of the hole 4-5 course meal this place of adventure and imagination has to offer!

Experts strongly recommend giving at least three to 4 days to really enjoy what Universal has to offer. You could combine your trip to the Islands of adventures with a Universal’s Citywalk and a visit to Universal Studios. Add Universal’s Volcano Bay to your itinerary as the cherry on top. If your pocket allows, you could combine it with a Disney world vacation and have an adventure of a lifetime!

Pro Tips for An Epic Trip to Universal’s Island of adventure:

  • Ticket Booking: Book your ticket online! This will not only save you from long lines at the ticket counter, but if you book the tickets in advance, you will save money and avoid the price hikes of peak seasons.
  • Universal Express Pass: If you are visiting during the peak season, be sure to buy an express pass! Most of the rides will have long wait-times during the busy season so it will save you a lot of time.
Pro Tip: The Hard Rock Hotel, Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel offer Free Express passes for their hotel guests.

 

  • Official Universal Orlando App: Be sure to download the official app as it will help you plan your route around the Islands of Adventure ahead of time. You could see what wait times can be expected on each ride, timings of the shows, as well as the order food online from some park restaurants so you don’t have to stand in the line!
  • Packing List: First, be sure to pack an umbrella or a poncho! With the Florida weather, you never know when it will start raining. Comfortable shoes, sun protection, and lightweight clothing should also be a part of your list. Don’t forget to carry a small bag along with hand sanitizers, sunglasses, small snacks and reusable water bottle in it.
  • Arrival Time: Island of Adventure can get really busy as the day passes. If you want to save your precious hours at the park, arrive at least one hour before the park opens!

 

Pro Tip: If you are a guest at the Universal Orlando Hotel, you may also be able to get early park admission.

 

  • Lunch and Dinner Time: Eateries can get crowded around lunch and dinnertime. It is best to plan your meals around these times.

 

Pro Tip: Take rides during the lunchtime and dinnertime as they are less crowded at that time so a low wait time can be expected!

 

  • Single Riders: are you traveling solo? Be sure to stand in solo riders’ line It will cut waiting time in half! Although you might not want to miss the magical experience of waiting in Hogwarts Castle queue, so experts recommend taking the regular waiting line for Harry Potter and the forbidden Journey.
  • Virtual Line Pass: Don’t want to wait in line? Get a virtual Line Pass on select attractions using the official Universal Orlando App. Reserve a return time for your group and then explore the island until your ride time!
  • The Port of Entry: Spend some time looking around and discovering the Port of Entry. It has some amazing themed shops and the restaurants that are often overlooked because of the excitement of getting to the rides and adventure.
  • Lockers: These are free for a certain amount of period if the attraction requires you to leave behind loose items. Always take a picture of your locker to eliminate the risk of forgetting your locker number.
  • Ride Height: At the entrance of the park there is a height chart. It is best for you to take your kids there first and have them look at what rides they are eligible to take. This step would prevent the latter disappointment they might face on finding out they are not allowed on a particular ride!
  • Child Swipe Program: If you have children that are not eligible for certain rides, you can take advantage of this program. Your partner and you can take turns on a ride while one of you stays with the little one in the family room for each ride.

7 Attractions You Must Experience at Universal’s Island of Adventure:

  1. Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure: First choose who wants to be Hagrid and ride the bike and who wants to ride the side cart as Harry potter. Get on this thrill ride and explore the grounds of Hogwarts and the forbidden forest while encountering magical creatures.
  2. Enjoy Butterbeer: An alert for all the Potterheads! Do not forget to have the famous butterbeer when you are at IOA. You can try cold, hot, frozen, or Potted cream butterbeer. Fudge and soft serve ice-creams are also available in butterbeer flavor. Apart from the butterbeer carts, these must-have drinks for all the muggles can be ordered at Three broomsticks, Hog’s head pub and Honeydukes in Hogsmeade section.
  3. Jurassic Park River Adventure: This cool water ride lets you take an 85-foot plunge into the world of dinosaurs.  Be ready to encounter a hungry T. Rex!
  4. Raptor Encounter: Did you fall in love with Blue while watching Jurassic World? Well, if you did, add meeting Blue to your checklist at the Raptor encounter! If you are courageous enough, you could slowly approach her to snap a quick photo.
  5. The Amazing adventures of Spider-Man: This Virtual 3D/ 4D motion Simulation experience will have you laugh and scream on the same ride! Filled with fun this ride in Marvel Superhero Island lets you face marvel characters while you move through the streets and fight Syndicate along with Spidey.
  6. The Incredible Hulk Coaster: If you like fast rides, this is the one for you! One of a kind, Hulk coaster will move at 67 miles per hour. It will keep your adrenaline level high throughout the ride.
  7. Skull Island- Reign of Kong: One of the coolest rides with amazing details and animatronics, this ride will take you to a journey through the jungle. Spoiler alert: You might get a Kongfrontation.
  8. Seuss Character Zone: If you grew up reading Dr. Seuss like me, you wouldn’t want to miss a meet up with your favorite storybook characters!

Top 6 Kid Friendly Rides at the Islands of adventure:

  1. Flight of the Hippogriff at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  2. The Hogwarts Express at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  3. Storm-Force Accelatron at Marvel Superhero Island
  4. Pteranodon Flyers at the Jurassic Park
  5. The Cat in the Hat at Seuss Landing
  6. One fish two fish red fish blue fish at Seuss Landing

Universal’s Island of Adventure has something for everyone! You simply couldn’t stop yourself from having fun — even if you wanted to!

After you day, visit our friends at All American Pest Control.

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