Ants belong to the family Formicidae within the order of Hymenoptera – This group of insects include ants, bees, wasps, sawflies and wood wasps. In Australia, about 3000 species of ants are known.
Ants are social insects that live in more or less permanent nests. Being very common intruders in and around buildings, ants tend to be very familiar insects. They are commonly observed around and in foundations and in walls, roof voids, kitchens, lawns and gardens. As a group, ants are the most successful of all insects.
What We Do…
Although we do specifically treat for ants, we normally group this treatment in what we call a ‘General Pest Treatment.’ This is combined with a Native Cockroach and Spider pest management program and comes with a 12 month free service period in most cases. The information below is general advice only as all situations are different and therefore can require individually geared control measures, such as direct gel baiting for ants.
What To Expect…
To have no more ants! However, often this is not always an overnight result. Ants live in a colony where there are many different ants with many different tasks and we need time for the treatment to enter the nest and kill enough workers to cause colony collapse. Sometimes this can take up to a few weeks however a few days has been our most common result. We are proudly confident in our ant treatments and most of our clients experience at least 12 months before a retreatment may be necessary.
We compete in service rather than price and we take no shortcuts in any aspect of our practice.
The cost of this service is $250.
General Pest Treatments
A general pest treatment covers Ants, Cockroaches and Spiders. Firstly, we remove the accessible spider webs from around the exterior of your home via a chemically treated applicator. We will treat the roof void and subfloor space with a statically charged dust that clings to the surfaces of the areas exposed, making an unliveable environment for pests. We will inject the same dust into the service entry points and pest harbourage areas internally and externally, stopping pests from being able to enter from those areas.
The exterior of your home is then treated with the highest quality product available on the market today. We will treat the window frames, door frames, behind guttering and downpipes, eaves, perimeter. The interior of your home is also treated with a child and pet friendly product applied in areas exclusively where pests are gaining access, finding harbourage and generally hanging around.
Finally, a specifically formulated granulated sand is applied around the perimeter of your home and swept into any cracks and crevices in paths attached to your home.
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Information about specific ants species can be found below:
White-Footed Black House Ants
This is a species which will nest inside or outside. They are 2.5-3.0mm in size and black with pale amber tarsi. They will eat a range of food types but prefer sweet materials.
Black House Ant
This is a species which normally nests in the ground, under bark or in decaying wood. They will also nest in roof voids or other building cavities. They are shiny black and 2.0-3.0 mm long. They prefer sweet foods.
Coastal Brown Ants
This is a species which can usually be found within buildings and under paths or in rockeries, throwing out piles of soil and debris. They are 1.5-3.0 mm in length and light brown to brown in colour. They have both major and minor soldier castes with the major caste having a relatively huge head. They eat proteins and fats.
Brown House Ant
This is a species with similar nesting habits to coastal brown ants. They are 2.0-3.0 mm in size and brown in colour. There is a distinct odour of formic acid when they are crushed. They prefer high protein foods.
This is a species which is rare in Australia but fairly common in Europe and the USA. They commonly nest inside buildings especially near warmer areas e.g. heating ducts. They form large colonies with multiple queens which can take a number of workers with them and start new colonies if disturbed by insecticides. The ants are 1.5-2.0 mm in size, light yellowish brown to darker brown in colour. They will eat protein foods plus fatty or sweet foods.
This is a species which was introduced from South America and is regarded as a very serious pest which has been the target of eradication campaigns since the 1950’s. They may nest in exposed soil or concealed by plants or logs. They are 1.5-3.0 mm in size and light brown to brown in colour. They are very aggressive ants and drive out
This is a species which will nest inside buildings and in wall voids and sub-floors. They are 2.0-3.0 mm in size and brown to dark brown in colour. They will eat sweet foods but will also feed upon meat and household scraps.
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