Solutions tailored to tackle all ant varieties
Ants are considered to be a ‘nuisance’ pest and rightly so. They are often seen tracking across the kitchen bench looking for snacks and setting up home in wall cavities and the ceilings, leaving behind tell- tale mounds from their excavations. Ants have also been known to invade and cause extensive damage to electrical equipment such as printers and meter boxes and even short out electrical power points.
Ants are social creatures and live in colonies in elaborately structured nests and their sole purpose appears to be to feed the Queen (or Queens). Ants (workers/soldiers) leave the ant site to look for food and then return to the nest to feed the Queen and the colony. Ants, depending on the species, have their preferred food type, be it sweet or meat and fats. But this can change, depending on food availability, temperature and the season.
Look closely at almost any Australian yard and you will see ants. Each species has its own unique behaviour and appetite that influence the ways in which they can cause trouble for you. Whatever the species, we can adapt our approach to match. Listed below are just some of the key ‘nuisance’ ants to watch out for:
- Black ants
- Funnel ants
- Argentine ants
- White Footed Black House ants
- Coastal Brown ants
Below listed are some hints to lessen the likelihood of ants invading your home.
What you can do
- Clean up food particles from kitchen benchtops, drawers, floors, tables etc.
- Remove uneaten pet food.
- Trim back any vegetation in contact with building, in particular the roof.
- Clear out gutters of leaf litter.
What we can do
- Inspection is carried out to the house and surrounding area, following ant trails to locate nesting sites and determine where ants are entering and feeding.
- Identification of the species of ant is critical to determining the most appropriate control measures.
- If possible, we treat the nest directly as this usually provides the most effective control. Alternatively, we treat the surfaces where ants are most active, using either sprays or dusts. Sprays are used to treat the full external perimeter of the home as well as inside. Dusts may be used in cracks and crevices as well as in the roof space. Ant baits are used where other forms of pesticide cannot be used but as baiting is a numbers game, we ask that you don’t spray any active ant trails as the more ants, the quicker the control.
What you can expect.
It can take up to 2 weeks to eradicate an ant infestation. At Frontline Pest Management we use Temprid 75, it is a non-repellent and it works by using the ‘transfer effect’. This means that ants which track across the treated area and hence come in contact with the chemical will not die straightaway; instead they will transfer the chemical to other ants as they track back to the nest and this will eventually kill off the nest.
If you are still having a problem after the treatment, contact our office within your Free Service Period to organise for a technician to return and re-treat free of charge.
Black house ant (Ochetellus glaber)
- Black house ants are 2.5 – 3mm long and intensely black in colour with a sometimes subtle, purplish-green iridescence
- These ants bite, but don’t sting.
- Black house ants nest outside around the edges of paths, rockeries, and other structures and may tend aphids and other bugs on domestic pot plants. Indoors they nest in the ceilings, cavity walls and subfloor areas. They prefer sweet foods, but will eat a variety of food materials
- Funnel ants are approx. 5mm long and yellowish/brown in colour.
- Funnel ants are rarely seen as most of their food is obtained from the roots of plants beneath the surface.
- Funnels ants are recognised by their distinctive little mounds which can often be seen littering yards in the hundreds.