Ant Control Auckland – How to get rid of ants

Depending on the species, their nests may be in the soil, in timber, under pavers, in wall cavities or roof voids.

Ants may travel large distances in search of food. Even the cleanest of homes can provide a ready food source for ants. Once found, ants can invade in large numbers, such that professional help is required.

Some inflict severe bites but most are a nuisance pest when they infest kitchens and BBQ areas in large numbers.

Ant Pest Control Methods

Identification of the particular species of ant is correspondingly vital when implementing a control program.

Some do-it-yourself products may provide short term relief, but may in fact, make a problem worse. Ants are easily repelled by some common residual remedies and, without finding the colony, their repeated use can often cause a colony to move or even split into multiple colonies. And simply killing foraging ants will not eliminate the colony since the queen remains in the colony and her sole purpose is to lay more eggs to ensure the survivability of the colony.

Pest Control Auckland have at their access a variety of bait, insect growth regulators, and non-repellent materials, which can be used together in an integrated approach to solving any ant infestation. Ants are now the number one pest problem for which homeowners rely on professional advice and remediation, Since an interior infestation is likely to have resulted from outdoor populations, you should expect your pest management professional to perform a thorough inspection of the surrounding environment and develop a strategy to prevent reinfestation of the building.

Ant Bait

Firstly, the number of bait locations and amount of bait required will depend on the level of ant activity present. To achieve the best result, additional bait placements should be provided if initial bait placements are consumed within a day or two; and if ant activity remains high at the bait after 2 days. Place bait along ant trails and other locations where ants are most active. Remove other sources of food. Place bait where it won’t be disturbed or contaminated by cleaning or work activities. For outside use, place spots in protected cracks and crevices or use refillable bait stations. Choose the number of placements (1 to 3) depending on the severity of the infestation. Monitor bait levels (preferably daily for first 2 days) and replenish bait as required until feeding ceases.

Likewise, try not to leave washing up overnight as it will attract ants.

White-footed house ant

Identification: the worker of the White-footed house ant is around 2.7mm in length, and black in colour with yellow feet.

Biology: Colonies of white-footed house ants often contain many satellite nesting sites spread over a wide area. The entire brood may contain several million workers and numerous reproductive queens. White-footed house ants have a preference for sweet tasting food, such as sugar, soft drinks and the like.

Nesting sites: their nests are commonly found outdoors, in the ground or above ground in trees, in buildings, such as, in wall cavities, roof voids, architraves and fireplaces. Known to get into and short-circuit air conditioners.

Odorous House Ant

Identification: the Odorous house ant is about 2 to 3 mm in length; of uniform black to brown in colour and if crushed, has a distinct rotten odour, like rancid butter.

Biology: Odorous house ant colonies can contain around 10,000 ants and contain numerous reproductive females, that can establish subsidiary colonies. Ants from different colonies are not aggressive toward each other.

Nesting sites: nests are commonly found outdoors in the soil, under the base of trees and indoors. They commonly nest under buildings and inside wall cavities, particularly if there is a regular moisture source available, say from leaking plumbing, shower recess, broken guttering and roof tiles.

Pharaoh Ant

Identification: The workers are all the same size about 1/16 inch long. Yellow or honey-coloured. They have 12-segmented antennae with A 3-segmented club.

Nesting sites: They build their nests in wall and cabinet voids, behind baseboards, inside hollow curtain rods and in folds of sheets, clothes or paper.

Carpenter Ant

Identification: Carpenter ants vary in color from black to dark brown to an brownish orange. The workers are 6 to 12 mm in length.

Biology: Carpenter ants often enter buildings to nest and forage. They excavate their nests in wood (hence the name “carpenter” ants), creating smooth tunnels and galleries. The colonies of some species of Carpenter ants, may exceed 100,000 workers, with multiple queens and satellite nesting sites. Most species are smaller and require many years to reach maturity. They can travel long distances in search of food.

Nesting sites: they most often build their nests outside, in moist wood, soil, wigs and branches, but some species will readily infest timbers in buildings.

Argentine Ant

Identification:  uniformly dull brown coloured. Workers are all the same size, about 1/8-inch long. Thorax uneven in shape when viewed from side. They emit musty odour when crushed.

Nesting sites: Outdoors in soil, under wood, slabs, debris, mulch or in cavities of trees and shrubs. Shallow, 1-2 inch deep mounds in open, often distributed habitats, either moist or dry.

So how do you get rid of ants? In fact, simply, call Pest Control Auckland on 09 376 7007 today, for free advice with out the pushy sales talk.

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