Subject: Ants in LA
Geographic location of the bug: West Hollywood Hills above Sunset Plaza
Time: 11:46 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: For 25 years, on the hotter days through summer, my home was invaded by lines of ants (medium-sized black, perhaps Argentine) apparently seeking water. The past 2-3 years this has greatly diminished. This year, so far, despite (or perhaps because of) record heat, all I’ve seen are two tiny black ants. Is this phenomenon widespread in LA?
How you want your letter signed: Keith
Our jealously has no bounds. First, we are almost certain the Ants in question are Argentine Ants. Have you moved to drought tolerant landscaping recently? Argentine Ants cannot survive without water, and the reason they invade homes during the heat of summer is for both food and water. Unlike you, we had two Argentine Ant invasions in our own offices just yesterday with 1000s of Ants swarming the cat food. Our Mount Washington neighborhood is not as lucky as your West Hollywood digs this year, and in talking to our neighbors, they are also experiencing a higher incident of Ant home invasions this year.