Australia has an estimated 4-5000 different species of ant. But only a few species will infest our homes and most of these are introduced species .Our homes provide perfect accommodation for these vagrant species, there’s no need to excavate elaborate nests, wall and roof cavities provide stable temperatures and warmth in winter, our bathrooms and kitchens provide a constant water source and most of all our kitchen provides tasty treats.
Ants are not termites (white ants) and are more closely related to bees and wasps. Ants cannot do damage to seasoned timber however they can short out electrical power points and have caused house fires!
Just like the movies (A Bugs Life, Antz, and Ant Bully) indicate, ants are highly social insects having one or many Queens, soldiers, and workers. Ants also have a 4 stage lifecycle just like a butterfly, egg->larvae-> pupa then adult ant. Ants feed on 3 basic food types sugars, proteins or fats and oils. Most ants have their preferred food type, but this preference can switch with the time of year.
Many people believe ants can predict rain, this is partially true. Ants in fact are very sensitive to changes in atmospheric pressure which can often mean rain.
For some reason a lot of people believe that everybody has ants so they just have to put up with them. “Rubbish!” Nobody should have to put up with ants.
What you can do.
For minor infestations and preventative measures “Bunnings” products can have some control, however most times it’s like trying to repaint your house with an aerosol can!.It just ain’t gunna cut it! Anyone who has had any experience with ants will tell you that if you spray ants in one spot they’ll soon show up at another spot and so forth. It’s often cheaper, quicker and less of a heartache to engage a professional pest manager.
Being proactive can however make your house less ant friendly. Treat any plants in your garden suffering from conditions such as scale or sooty mould, these secret a sweet substance which can be a major food source for sugar feeding ants. Trim back any vegetation in contact with building particularly the roof. Keep all food stuffs particularly sweet stuffs in sealed containers. Clean up any spills and food residues immediately. Dispose of uneaten pet food.
Unfortunately once you’ve got ants no amount of preventative measures will get rid of them and it’s time to give us a call.
What we can do.
Ants are my specialty! The bigger the problem the better! A lot of “pesties” won’t or can’t treat ants, that’s because they treat them the same as they do spiders! Ants aren’t spiders, as I mentioned earlier ants are highly social. That means for every ant you directly spray there’s many more to replace them and if you don’t control the nest they’ll just build back up again.
Fortunately pest managers now have some excellent products available to us. Previously most insecticides were repellant to social insects such as ants, now however, products such as Termidor, are non-repellant and ants that track across treated areas pick up tiny amounts of the chemical and transfer it to other ants in the colony and cause a “domino effect” and eventually destroy the nest. Baiting is also an added option for ant control and pest managers now have some excellent ant bait available to them.
The key to baiting ants is correct identification and knowledge of the ant species to determine which, is the best bait type to use. As I have mentioned some ants prefer sugar based foods and others oil based foods. That’s why it’s important to only engage a pest manager that is competent in ant identification such as Laguna Pest Control. If baiting is to be an option it’s important that you don’t spray any active ant trails as baiting ants is a numbers game, the more ants the quicker control. Simply placing ant bait out and hoping ants will find it doesn’t always work.
What to expect after the treatment.
To be completely ant free! But not necessarily over night, as you know ants have a nest and in that nest are eggs, ant larva and ant pupae all getting ready to develop into more adult ants. So we need to allow time for either enough chemical to get back to the nest or enough workers to die to no longer support the colony. Normally control can be gained in anything from a few days to a few weeks.
How long it lasts depends on many factors. Most customers experience 12 months before requiring another treatment, some never again. To show our confidence in our treatments Laguna pest control offer a 6 month free service period on all complete internal/external ant treatments. Most of our clients get an annual general pest treatment done as a preventative measure.