ANTS PEST CONTROL

  • Ants are considered a pest when they infest buildings and surrounds, and feed on human foodstuffs.
  • Pest ants can be controlled with good food hygiene, sprays, dusts and baits.
  • The appropriate method of control will depend on the species of ant.
  • We have a specialised range of products that cause
    minimal disruption during application, are very low in
    toxicity to humans and pets, and offer long term control.
    Depending on the species of ant, our technicians may
    recommend multiple treatments in heavily infested
    situations.

This pest is covered in our Pest Control Treatments

COMMON Ant QUESTIONS

A large number of live ants can be a very clear indication that you have an ant problemAnts are often found in kitchens or in areas where food is prepared. Ant pathways Some ants lay down a pheromone in their trail to a food source to attract other ants from their colony to this food.

Pests are generally harmful to us in various ways, while some are more detrimental and some less fatal, cockroaches are no exception. Firstly, too many homeowners can agree, cockroaches form mental stress or phobia having to face them and worse of all, trying to get rid of them. 

Secondly, they carry bacteria that causes such as Salmonella, Staphylococcus, dysentery, diarrhea and cholera. 

Thirdly, their droppings and saliva contain enzymes that cause allergies and asthma among some people. Finally, it is possible that cockroaches bite you in the event of food competition or heavy cockroach population on the premises. In summary, because they are a pest of poor hygiene, they cause health and safety risks, particularly among the elderly and young kids.

The first step to dealing with ants in your house is ensuring they don’t have access to food. Seal all food in airtight containers, clean behind the fridge and in the toaster, do not leave pet food out longer than necessary, ensure your bins are tightly sealed, and generally make sure there is no food around to entice ants. (I know, easier said than done.)

If you’ve seen ants marching in a line, try wiping down the surface with vinegar or bleach to disrupt the chemical trail.

Prevent ants from entering your home in the first place by sealing up cracks and holes in walls. This will also prevent them from nesting inside wall cavities.

If all else fails, insecticidal baits can be used to control ant numbers. But before you take that route, ask yourself whether the ants are actually a problem (more on that later).

Locate and detect cockroach hideout

First on the list is to identify their hiding locations in the home in order to eliminate the root source. Besides identifying their favourite haunt, it is also important to spot their key risk areas that may potentially turn into a pest infestation. Accurate location detection can help deploy treatments in a more targeted manner.

Maintain good housekeeping level

Pests favour food, water and the hideout shelters they can find at home. Keep place clean and free from moisture, while disposing of any trash and garbage immediately and remove clutters and piles that allow cockroaches to hide.

Minimise cockroach entry opportunities

Tiny pests are capable of sneaking in those cracks and crevices, door openings, ventilation holes and through those windows. Make it a point to maintain your home with proper proofing and sealing to prevent any pests from entering into your home.

Sound pest control solution in place

Proper and professional protection of your home with cockroach control treatments can help keep the problem under control. Specialists are trained and licensed to carry out proper services. This includes doing required checks and assessment, before treating and monitoring the infestation. Additional recommendations and advice are also given to value add homeowners better.

When do we need to call for pest control services?

We visit a doctor when we are unwell or have a need to keep health in check. Likewise for pests, start to seek professional pest specialists to do a home check for the peace of mind and assurance. Your home may be safe from pest invasion but it cannot be guaranteed in the long term as pests occur anytime due to many triggering factors. Adopt proactive pest detection and inspection is key in keeping your home pest-free.

For homes that are experiencing mild pest symptoms, avoid taking the self-help pest remedies or procrastinating to engage pest control services. This is because we may apply solutions at the wrong area. This does not eliminate the root source or worse of all, making the condition worse off. 

Not forgetting the efficacy level and safety aspects of DIY pest treatments, most times re-infestation and spending additional investment will arise. Early pest treatment can minimise the condition escalation while saving some costs in long-term expenses. Finally, there are times where we need to call for pest control companies when we are faced with either pandemic such as COVID-19 or epidemic situations with the rise of dengue cases in Queensland

Major Ant Species in Gold Coast

There are approximately 3000 species of ants in Australia which nest in many varied locations.

Ants are considered pests because:

Nuisance

Ants enter homes and cause considerable concern
and annoyance to the occupants.

Structural

The removal of small amounts of soil from concrete and
brick paving will eventually cause subsiding and cracking.

Damage

Ants remove planted seeds from the soil causing less germination.  Nests around the bases of small shrubs and trees result in undermining and may eventually topple them.

Hygiene

The conveyance of some diseases such as Dysentery, Small Pox and Salmonella has been recorded.

 

 

FOOD PREFERENCES OF SOME SPECIES OF ANTS

Ants are opportunistic feeders; they’ll eat just about anything. That can include other ants, dead insects, parts of dead animals, grains, fruits and vegetables. Specific ant species do have preferences, though. Grease ants like protein-based food, but they’ll chow down on other types of nourishment if fatty foods aren’t available. Some ant species like fungus, while other ants love sweets.

Ants need food for fuel just like humans, and require a diet of proteins, carbs and lipids in varying quantities. They’re kind of like mammals in that way. Take your pets, for instance: Your dog requires about 30 percent protein in his diet, but your cat requires around 90 percent protein to stay healthy. Sugar ants are after that sugar rush, where big-headed ants go for protein and fats if they’re available.

Ant Pest Species

Argentine ant (Lineepithema humile)

Coastal Brown Ant (Pheidole Megacephala)

Pharaoh’s Ant (Monomorium Pharaonis)

Odorous Ant (Tapinoma Minutum)

Singapore Ant (Monomorium Destructor)

Brown House Ant (Dolermyrma Darwiniana)

White footed House Ant (Technomyrmex Albipes)

Black House Ant ( Ochetellus spp.)(glaber gp.)

Carpenter Ants (Camponotus spp.)

Meat Ants (Iridomyrmex spp.)

Jumper Ants (Promyrmecia spp.)

Bulldog Ants (Myrmecia spp.)


Identification techniques

ARGENTINE ANT

1.5-3.0 mm. Light brown to brown. Single flattened node on pedicel. Eyes close to base of antennae. Trail in populous columns. No formic acid odour when crushed. Will walk over a hand if placed on trail. Will drive other ants from their            ‘ area of occurrence.

COASTAL BROWN ANTS

1.5-2.5 mm. Light yellowish brown to brown. 2 raised nodes on pedicel, hind node more rounded. 1 pair of small spines on hind part of thorax. Has 2 worker castes: those with enlarged darkened heads (Major workers), and numerous smaller minor workers.

PHARAOH’S ANT

1.5-2.0 mm Light yellowish brown to darker brown. Top and tip of abdomen slightly darker. 2 nodes on pedicel. No spines on thorax. Antenna clubbed with three enlarged segments. No odour when crushed.

ODOROUS ANT

 2-3 mm Brown to dark brown. 1 small flattened node on pedicel (almost hidden by abdomen) Distinct odour similar to rancid butter when crushed.

SMALL BLACK ANTS

2-5 mm . Black with pale tarsi. No nodes present on one segmented pedicel.

CARPENTER ANTS

7-12mm olour variable. Distinct single node on pedicel. Smooth, evenly rounded thorax. Circle of tiny hairs at the end of abdomen.

MEAT ANTS

14-15 mm Red and black in colour.


LIFE CYCLE

Metamorphosis              Complete

Larvae                             Whitish grub, narrower at the head.
                                        Fed by adults.Develops through several instars.
Pupa                               Soft – creamy white.
                                      Similar to the adult.
Adult                              3 distinctive body sections.
                                      Head – Thorax – Abdomen.
                                      Nodes present between the thorax
                                      And abdomen.
Useful identification
Elbowed antennae
Compound eyes
Male   Winged.  Only function is to mate with the queen.
Queen   Loses wings after mating.
Normally mates only once.
1 queen present in some species in others many queens.
May live for up to 15 years.

Workers                        Sterile females.
                                    Maintain and feed the colony.
                                    Life span approximately 1 year.
                                    Larger workers are called soldiers.

The queen controls the colony following mating the female commences egg laying.  Mating takes place on the wing.
Fertilised eggs become female, unfertilised become males.

In some ant species budding off, in which a fertilised queen will leave the nest with a number of workers on foot and establish a new nest form new colonies

NESTING HABITS OF SOME COMMON SPECIES OF ANTS

ANT SPECIES

 

NESTING HABITS

Argentine

Nesting habits:Often nests in exposed soil or under cover in rotting logs, plant cavities etc. Often moves indoors in wet weather. Seldom swarms. Usually mates within the nest. Usually a colony has several queens.
Feeding habitsPrefers sweet foods but will eat meats, insects, seeds, fruit and honeydew from sap suckers. May damage soiled clothing.
The ant is a native of South America and widely regarded as the most successful scavenging ant that is a pest of man. So serious is the threat posed by this insect that, in most parts of Australia its sighting should be reported to local council or appropriate state government authorities before any control action is taken.

Costal Brown

Nesting habits: Often located within building structures, in crevices in brickwork, in cavity walls, and behind skirtings and architraves. Sometimes nests around paths and rockeries.
Feeding habits: Prefers materials of animal origin, including dead insects, meat particles, fat and grease.

Carpenter

Nesting habits: Most commonly nests in decayed or moist wood. Sometimes nests in soil. May travel great distances for food. Mostly associated with bushy areas
Feeding habits: Forages mostly at night. Eats dead and live insects, honeydew from sap suckers and a variety of household wastes. Attracted to sweets.

Odorous

Nesting habits: Commonly nests within buildings in walls, under stoves and i       cupboards, and in subfloor voids. Seldom swarms.
Feeding habits: Eats most types of household food. Prefers sweets but will eat meat, breadcrumbs etc.

Pharaoh

Nesting habits:Typically forms large colonies, with many queens. May travel considerable distances for food. Commonly nests indoors in wall voids, beneath floors, around foundations, in ceilings and in other parts of buildings. Often nests in warmer parts of buildings (eg adjacent to heating ducts). Seldom swarms.
Feeding habits:Eats almost any type of food material. Prefers high protein materials (eg meat, blood) as well as fatty foods and vegetable matter. Also attacks sweets.

Whitefooted

Nesting habitsCommonly nests indoors and outdoors. Nests found around paths and rockeries, inside cavity walls, behind skirtings and architraves, under and behind kitchen cupboards etc.
Feeding habits:Somewhat general feeder, eating meats and sweets. Probably prefers sweets.

 

aNT control methods

Sanitation and exclusion

When looking at ways to prevent and control an ant problem, always assess the area for possible sources of food, water and shelter. Good ways to discourage cockroaches from inhabiting an area include:

  • maintaining high levels of hygiene
  • removing clutter, excess foliage in the garden, plumbing leaks, food scraps, nesting sites or shelters.

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