Argentine Ants again! Wow, this was a huge colony! Check out this video!!
Casey treated a home in Grass Valley, Ca for their Bi-Monthly Pest Control service. This ant colony was nested in a pine tree. Their trail was leading from the tree about 40 feet away from the customer’s house, going up a fence, to a telephone pole, crossing the wire, and coming down onto the customer’s roof and into the house. Argentine Ants mate in the nest, have multiple queens per colony; and if conditions are favorable, colonies will merge into larger colonies with hundreds of queens.
It is typical in the spring and summer for new colonies to propagate (called budding) where one or more of the newly mated queens crawl out of the established colony with a group of workers to establish a new colony. That was what was happening here. Unfortunately, this queen decided to target her new home inside the customer’s house!
What can you do to prevent an invasion? Seal obvious entry points with caulking, clean up any food sources such as sugary spills, pet food, or garbage, and keep tree limbs, brush, and branches trimmed away from the house. And of course, call Gold Miner Pest Control! Colfax number: (530) 346-8379 or Auburn number: (530) 878-8786 We serve Roseville, CA, Rocklin, CA, Lincoln, CA, Auburn, CA, Meadow Vista, CA, Grass Valley, CA, Nevada City, CA, Colfax, CA, Alta, CA, and all of Placer and Nevada counties.