Ant Control

ant control
Ants can be a major nuisance around the home.  How often do you find them crawling through your packets of sugar, helping themselves to your pantry or enjoying your left-overs.

Ants can also cause painful bites and pose health risks.

The good news is that ants are a completely solvable problem – but the solutions are not always easy.

Ants actually belong to the  same family of insects that include bees and wasps.

The are highly organised social insects and can have colonies that have hundreds of thousands of individuals.

The biggest challenge with ant control is knowing which species is causing the problem.  They can have very different food preferences and socialising habits.  That’s why professional help is sometimes the only way to solve the problem.

 

Ruined food, property damage, disease and anaphylactic shock – just from those little ants – Don’t put up with the risks!

Read about the risks and what you can do below.

The Risks

Risks Include:

  • Bites and Allergies:
    Some species of ants can inflict painful bites. Worst still is that bites of some species can cause anaphylactic reactions (similar to bees and wasps).
  • Disease:
    Ants can be vectors of disease organisms such as dysentery, smallpox and bacteria such as Salmonella.
  • Ruined food and appliances:
    Ants can be a real nuisance.  Not only can trailing ants be unsightly but they can cause damage and spoil products.  When their numbers increase they can get into appliances, baby bottles etc, and make life a real misery.
  • Potential damage:
    Depending on the species, ants may nest inside wall cavities, electrical equipment and roof voids.  Others species nest in and around gardens and under paved areas, causing soil subsidence. Ant control preserves your property’s value.
  • Breeding success:
    The social structure of ant colonies means that they are highly adaptable, can breed rapidly and often seem to keep coming back in ‘waves’ – just when you thought they were gone!

Other Risks:

  • Work Health and Safety:
    For a business, ant control is vital to ensure a healthy work environment for your workers and the public.
  • Commercial Risks:
    Ant infestations can cause major damage to products and property.

What To Look For

Ants – What to look out for

  • Sightings:
    Its not hard to identify ants when they are active, trailing along walls, window sills and paths.
  • Mounds:
    A lot of ant species have large colonies that live outdoors and build their nests below ground level. Often times you will see evidence of mounds and piles of soil particles near the entrances to their nests – and I do mean ‘entrances’ – they like more than one door to the colony!
  • Frass:
    Some species are known for building nests inside in obscure places like vases, curtain rods, and gaps in timber framework. In these situations they often discard waste matter, dead bodies (of ants) etc that we call ‘frass’ – It looks small black or dark brown grains of sand. If you see this stuff it means there is an ant nest nearby

Control Strategies

Main control strategies for Ant Control:

Things you can do yourself:

  • Remove food:
    You need to be able to reduce their food sources.  Clean up all food waste and spillages immediately; keep food in tight sealed containers; seal up your rubbish bags ; and avoid leaving pet food around for long periods of time. Make sure that you pay particular attention to cleaning cracks, cervices, bench tops and appliances.
  • Trim up vegetation:
    Keep general vegetation around the premises under control to aid in ant control.  Trees and bushes should not be touching the building, gutter or eaves, and overhanging branches should be trimmed back.  Its all too easy for ants to make their way into your home via these ‘bridges’.

Why you might need help from a professional pest controller

While there steps you can take to minimise ant infestation, if invasions are severe or consistent, you will need the help of a professional for long-term ant control.

  • They know the type of environments around your home that ants love, and have solved lots of problems (discovering their hidden secrets) over the years.
  • They have the experience of knowing where to look and an in-depth knowledge of additional factors you may not be aware of.
  • A true professional pest controller has specialised equipment to gain access to normally inaccessible parts of the building structure.
  • Professional pest controllers have a wide variety of products and systems that can provide on-going eradication of, and protection from ants.
  • A true professional pest controller will give you a service warranty to ensure that they solve the problem – since not all ant control problems can be solved on the first visit.

What can a professional pest controller do for you?

  • Inspection:
    It is vital to identify the correct genus or species of ant causing the problem.  There are thousands of species and a number cause major problems in our homes and workplaces.  Identifying the correct ant species is vital to identify their food and nesting preferences. A thorough inspection will provide important clues to a successful treatment.
  • Environmental recommendations:
    After the inspection you will get advice on environmental corrections that you can make around your property that will make things better and reduce the impact of ants coming back or being a real problme.
  • Chemical Treatments:
    Chemical treatments for ant control range from liquid and dry powder formulation to granules.  Most active ingredients in these products are based on synthetic pyrethroids, which are much safer for your family and pets.  Chemical treatments can sometimes provide ongoing protection (like a barrier) against future ant infestation, however this depends on the species of ant, and the type and placement of the ant control product.
  • Ant Baiting:
    Ants baits are a highly effective ant control tool.  After correct identification of the ants, the correct bait can be selected and placed where the ants feed.  The advantage of using ant baits is that the ants transfer the bait back to the colony. The disadvantage of using baits is that the baits may need to be replenished over time – and the ants will not die off immediately, so patience is needed.
  • Teamwork:
    Management and treatment of ants is best achieved through a team effort between yourself and your pest management technician.
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