Pest Control For Ants
Pest Control For Ants
Ants are generally nature’s way of telling us that the rain is coming. Getting up to higher ground for them means unwanted and unsightly ants scurrying up our walls and windows sills and along your skirting boards. On the other hand, it could also mean you have knocked over the sugar bowl.
There are measures you can take to minimize the likelihood of an ant invasion in the kitchen; wiping up spills and putting food away immediately in sealed containers helps. Keeping your home dry and well ventilated will discourage dreaded Carpenter Ants from entering.
When ants do get in, basic insecticide products applied along baseboards or around foundations can provide some temporary relief. But ants seldom carry enough insecticide back to the nest to kill the queen… so the nest must be located and the colony destroyed. With the ability to now use the power of Termidor®, we can now treat, your everyday ants. This product utilises the transference method and is transferred from ant to ant and taken back to the nest and makes its way to the Queen unnoticed, killing her and the nest, making this treatment very effective.
Call us now to discuss your options. Australian Certified Property Solutions knows where to look and how to fight with the best products available on the market.
Our treatment includes:
1. Applying liquid spray to base of internal and external walls
2. Incorporating liquid gel baits
3. Dusting and spreading granular insecticides to areas ants track
(Treatment methods can be fully determined upon inspection)
Coastal Brown Ant
The coastal brown or big headed ant is a pest of houses, gardens and natural environments in the Northern Territory. It is thought to be a native of southern Africa but has spread over much of the tropical and sub-tropical world. The ant is spread mainly by human activity, such as the transfer of infested pot plants and landscaping materials to uninfested houses and gardens.
The coastal brown or big headed ant, Pheidole megacephala, is a small ant 1.5 to 2.5 mm long. The colour of the ant varies from light yellowish brown to dark brown. Coastal brown ants travel in trails from the nest to food. The ant has four castes or body forms. The largest form is the queen, which lays eggs. Unfertilised eggs produce males and fertilised eggs produce females.
There are many queens in coastal brown ant nests. Males are the next largest form and are elongated in shape. By far the most numerous forms are the workers.
Workers are sterile females who care for the young, collect food, build and defend the nest. There are two worker castes, a more numerous form with a small head and the other less numerous with a large head. The large headed form defends the colony and is sometimes known as the soldier caste. One of the ant’s common names is taken from this form.
Queens and males are rarely seen outside the nest.
Usually nest outdoors in stumps and logs in contact with the soil and in dead tree limbs and cavities or in homes in wood damaged by termites, fungi and moisture. They don’t actually eat wood – though the galleries they excavate can be quite extensive.
Green Ants (Oecophylla sp) are extremely common in Far North Queensland and build large nests in trees by sticking the leaves at the end of branches together to create a sort of globular home. They clamber all over the tree containing their nest and serve to protect it from invaders.
These ants are often found in fruit trees. When the unsuspecting person tries to help themselves to some tasty fruit to eat, the aggressive green ants drop down on them and start biting. Their bite is not very painful but several ants attacking simultaneously can be rather uncomfortable.
Bull ants have a fearsome reputation, and deservedly so. They are large with long, straight, powerful jaws and a potent venom-loaded sting. They attack intruders of any size that come too close to their nest. Bull ants also have well-developed vision and will follow or even chase an intruder a good distance from the nest.