Pest Guides

Argentine Ant

Linepithima humile


Argentine Ant  | Rentokil Pest Control Zambia
  • Workers about 2mm long.
  • Light to dark brown in colour.
  • Do not swarm.
  • Bite – do not sting.


  • Worker ants produced in Spring and increase in numbers up until autumn.
  • Winged ants, (reproductive Kings and Queens), produced in early Spring, before the workers, mature within three months and mate soon afterwards.
  • Argentine ants mate in their nest so no swarming is seen.


  • Worker ants will follow food trails for long distances so nests are not easy to track.
  • They prefer sweet foods but will also eat live and dead insects, meats, cereals and damaged fruit.
  • Argentine ants drive out other ant species from an area.