Black Widow Spiders

Color
Black, with characteristic red “hourglass” on back
Shape
Round
Antennae
No
Region
Found throughout the U.S.
Legs
8
Size
3/4″ length; 3/8″ in diameter
Flying
N/A
Black Widow Spiders

Habits: Argentine ants deposit trails continuously, instead of just from nest to food source. This habit ensures they do not waste time visiting the same area for food. They prefer to eat sweets but they will eat almost anything including meats, eggs, oils and fats.

Habitat: Argentine ant colonies are located in wet environments near a food source.

Threats: Argentine ants do not pose a health threat, but they can contaminate food.

Prevention: Eliminate standing water. Pests, such as Argentine ants are attracted to moisture. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home. Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.