Ants Pest Control

Ants

In Australia we have a huge number of varieties of ants and each type follows the basic structure of living and working in colonies with their populations being made up of worker and soldier ants plus a single queen, while others are supported by multiple queens. As the majority of ant species prefer sunny climates, our environment is perfect for ants to thrive. Ants are usually divided in two ways colour and size, for example small brown or black ants or by food preference such as protein food eaters or sugar eaters. Once an ant has discovered a food source it leaves a pheromone trail. This chemical helps other ants from the colony to find the food too

Ants can be a particular nuisance when they get into your home. Ants will travel in a wide range searching for food, following trails they have established and clustering around the source of food, becoming a nuisance in homes, organisations and businesses.

  • Track down where they are coming in and seal off the entry point
  • Clear up any sticky residues on worktops, because ants are attracted to sweet things

As with all ant treatments, the aim is to kill the queen – the egg-laying machine – to ensure the colony   cannot recover from a treatment

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Ant Control Treatments

Termidor Ant Control

Termidor is the only liquid insecticide non repellent treatment we at Tahmoor pest control steam cleaning services would use generally externally for ants. It’s extremely effective in getting rid of ants, not harsh on the environment and is a product in which we have total confidence.

NON REPELLENT TRANSFER TREATMENT

Ants are closely related to wasps and first appeared around 120 million years ago and have since inhabited almost every corner on Earth. Their success can be attributed to their social organization, ability to modify their environment, and ability to defend themselves.

Ants form colonies that range in size from a handful of predatory individuals to highly organized colonies which may occupy large areas and consist of millions of individuals. These larger colonies are sometimes described as superorganisms because the ants appear to operate as a unified entity, collectively working together to support the colony.

When ants begin to infest homes, they fall into the category of a nuisance pest. Some species can also be a public health problem and can short-circuit electrical components enough to cause fires. Their social organization, diversity, and adaptability in the urban environment have made ants the number one pest for Pest Managers and householders alike

Termidor® has delivered unparalleled control since it was first introduced in North America and Australia. The key reasons for this success are that Termidor is non-repellent plus it has the unique ‘Transfer Effect™’.These key attributes make Termidor the ultimate ant control agent. As ants are social insects living together in large colonies, feeding and grooming each other, it makes perfect sense to bring the power of Termidor to help in the battle again stone of the hardest to control pests.

Non-repellent

Termidor is non-repellent, which means the ants never know it’s there, and cannot react to it or avoid it. Ants on their routine travels to and from your home, can pick up Termidor and spread it to other ants throughout their colony.

Why Treat Outside?

After a pest manager conducts a thorough inspection of your home, they may recommend an outside application of Termidor ant control. Why treat the outside of your home when the ants you care about are inside? Many of the ants in your house may actually be travelling back and forth from nests outside as they forage for food and water. Termidor ant control is applied outside your home along the exterior foundation walls to create a treated area of protection. This is not a “barrier” (barrier repellents can actually trap ants inside your home). On the contrary, because Termidor is completely undetectable, ants can’t avoid it. Instead, they will walk right through it – which is exactly what we want them to do

Transfer effect

Termidor utilizes a unique process called the Transfer Effect™ to affect entire populations of ants, even if many of them never make direct contact with a Termidor treated area. When ants contact Termidor they carry it on their bodies and pass it on to any ants they subsequently come into contact with. Those ants pass it on to more ants, who continue the process of transferring Termidor throughout the ants’ nest.

Professional Pest Control Operators

Most homeowners don’t realize that “do-it-yourself “ant control efforts can actually make things worse. Over-the-counter sprays are repellent and can cause a phenomenon called “budding,” where ants separated from the parent nest and queen, will actually start brand new colonies. For the best and most effective control of ants with Termidor, we recommend application only by a professional licensed pest control manager. Whilst “do-it-yourself” ant control is not the best way of fixing ant problems, here are a few things you can do to help keep your home ant-free:

Inside:

Clean up spills and food crumbs quickly.
Empty waste baskets often.
Dispose of uneaten pet food.
Store food in pest-proof containers.

Outside:

Keep trees and shrubs trimmed back from your house.
Keep gutters and storm drains free of debris.
Watch for new ant mounds or nests around your home.
Keep trash bags sealed and in closed garbage cans

Ant Bait

Ant baits and ant gels are the smart way to eliminate an ant problem. Baits consist of a food attractive to the ants and a slow acting insecticide. Ants take the bait back to the nest and feed it to their nest mates, including the queen. The slow acting insecticides allow the ants to consume all the bait before they experience any toxic effects. By the time it kicks in, it’s too late, they have all eaten the bait and the colony is doomed. The challenge with using ant baits is that you need to choose bait attractive to the species of ant causing the problem – each species of ant has slightly different food preferences and these preferences change throughout the year.

 Attractant Baits – Nest Control

Steam Cleaning Service Domestic or Commercial

Tahmoor pest control steam cleaning services offer steam vapour cleaning to remove ant scent trails inside buildings and prevent them from attracting more scout or worker ants .Ants rely on a scent left by their scouts to guide the workers from their colony to specific food sources in your home, the trail is made of pheromones, natural chemicals the ants deposit along their route.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long does your treatment take to work?

The products we use will be taken back to the colony where it is passed on to the larvae. This accelerates the destruction of the colony allowing up to 7 days to achieve a transfer affect.

How long will your ant treatment last?

Our treatment involves the use of a non-repellent liquid insecticide which means it won’t kill ants on contact but is taken back to their colony where it is secreted to other members and over a short period of time that colony will die.

I bought an ant treatment from a local hardware store and it seemed to kill all the ants I saw but a week or so later I saw more ants appear?

Store bought ant treatments (eg powder) quite often are repellents that kill the ants on contact. When you see ants you’re only seeing a tiny portion of their colony and these products may not kill the ants you can’t see. When a store bought dust or spray is used, the colony just “closes shop” for a few days and will soon return as though nothing has happened.

Do you offer warranty and after care service?

Yes we do, 3 month warranty on all ant treatments however we may recommend 2nd treatment depending on level of infestation and surrounding environments, however keep in mind other colonies may arise in the future. We also offer a discounted rate for follow up treatments.

Call Tahmoor Pest Control steam cleaning services on 0412286180

Argentine Ant

Appearance

  • Workers about 1.5mm – 3.0mm long.
  • Light to dark brown in colour.
  • Do not swarm.
  • Bite – do not sting.

Life Cycle

  • Worker ants produced in spring and increase in numbers up until autumn.
  • Winged ants (reproductive Kings and Queens), produced in early spring, before the workers, mature within three months and mate soon afterwards.
  • Argentine ants mate in their nest so no swarming is seen.
  • Often moves indoors in wet weather

Habits

  • Worker ants will follow food trails for long distances so nests are not easy to track.
  • They prefer sweet foods but will also eat live and dead insects, meats, cereals and damaged fruit.
  • Argentine ants drive out other ant species from an area

Black House Ant

The black house ant are black in colour and 2-3 mm long. The nests are normally in the ground, under bark or in decaying timber. They can nest in the roof void, wall cavities and under paver. Black house ants are sugar feeders.

Appearance

  • Shiny and black.
  • 5 – 3mm long.

Life Cycle

  • Larva hatches out of the egg as a white grub which is narrower towards the head. They are fed by the adults.
  • The larva pupates and appears creamy-white, looking similar to an adult. Sometimes they have a protective silk cocoon around them.
  • The adult emerges with the three defined body sections: head, thorax and abdomen.
  • The length of time between the egg stage and ants emerging as adults can take 6 weeks or more; it depends on a variety of factors such as the species of ant, the temperature and the availability of food.
  • Fertilised eggs become female, unfertilised become males

Habits

  • These ants are regarded as a nuisance and scavenge in kitchens, garbage and also dog excrement, therefore potentially spreading diseases such as salmonella.
  • ‘Common Ants’ include the intensely black ‘Black House Ants’, and they are attracted to sweets.
  • The light yellowish brown ‘Coastal Brown Ant’ prefers to feed on meat products and grease.
  • The most effective control measure is to find the colony and treat it.

Bull Ant

Also known as Bulldog Ant

These ants are well known in Australia for their aggressive behaviour and powerful stings.

Appearance

  • About 18 – 20mm long.
  • Tends to be red or black

Life Cycle

  • When a Queen starts to nest she digs a small chamber to lay her eggs in. There is one Queen Ant that lays all the eggs and one or only a few males that are just there to mate with the Queen.
  • The ant’s life cycle passes through egg, larva, pupa and adult phases.
  • Almost every ant is born female. The eggs hatch into small grubs, which grow into a particular caste (most are workers, then soldiers).
  • The Queen Bull Ant leaves the nest at night to forage and supplement the food supply for her progeny (baby bull ants). The Queen may live for several years.

Habits

  • Very aggressive (if a nest is disturbed, there will be a massive outpouring attack).
  • Bulldog Ants typically nests outdoor in soil and under logs and rocks.
  • Located mostly in bushy areas (they seldom enter buildings).
  • They can inflict a very painful sting to humans.
  • The stinger does not remain in the victim, so the Bull Ant can sting repeatedly.
  • They feed on other insects and things such as honeydew from scale insects or plant nectar

Carpenter Ant

Appearance

  • Carpenter ants are polymorphic which means they can come in a variety of sizes.
  • There are three size classes, each with different job classifications: Major workers are the largest ants in a colony and contain most of the large soldier ants; while media and minor carpenter ants are mid and small in size respectively and whose jobs are to gather food and construct colonies

Life Cycle

  • Carpenter ants are nocturnal, you will often have to wait for night time to find a trail, which could lead to the nest.
  • Carpenter ants do not tend to travel in large numbers, so a trail may be difficult to spot.
  • Carpenter ants usually do not just set up one nest, but a whole series of ‘satellite’ nests too, which ensures the colony’s survival even if one nest is destroyed.

Habits

  • Carpenter ants feed on living and dead insects as well as anything people consume.
  • As the name suggests, carpenter ants can do considerable damage to wooden objects.

Coastal Brown Ant

The coastal brown ants are 2-3mm in length. The soldiers have very large heads. Coastal brown ants often nest between paver and along pathways and will throw out soil. They also infest wall cavities, leaving piles of debris at the nest entrance. Nests can become very large. They eat proteins and fats.

Appearance

  • About 1.5-2.5mm long.
  • Tend to be yellow brown to brown.

Life Cycle

  • Eggs laid are small in size.
  • Larvae are fed by the adults and after several moults the larvae pupate.
  • Once adults, 3 different castes exist:
  • – Workers are wingless and sterile that lives for approximately a year. Workers are the nest-builders, food suppliers, feed larvae, look after eggs and defend the nest.
  • – Males are winged and exist to mate with females.
  • – Females are also winged until after mating and are also the largest in size. Females become the reproductive queen of the colony and live for many years.

Habits

  • Nest in soil and build along pathways around the house including gardens and walls.
  • Dry areas for nesting.
  • Will excavate leaving mounds along foot paths and other areas that are unsightly.
  • Will attack foods around the property including meat, sweets, fruit and greasy foods

Fire Ant

Appearance

  • Queens 1.59cm long.
  • Workers 3.18mm-6.35mm long.
  • Coppery–brown on the head and body, with a darker abdomen.

Life Cycle

  • After swarming from the nest and mating, the queen searches for a suitable spot to lay her eggs. Once found, she can lay up to 125 eggs in late spring.
  • Larvae hatch within 8 to 10 days, and the pupal stage lasts for 9 to 16 days.
  • Larvae feed on secretions from the queen’s salivary glands and broken down wing muscles until the first worker ants emerge. After this first batch of larvae moult into workers the queen’s role returns to egg laying – she can lay up to 1500 per day. Worker ants continue with larval care, nest building and food foraging.
  • Fertile males are produced later in the season.

Habits

  • Foraging workers diet consists of dead animals, including insects, earthworms, and vertebrates. Workers also collect honeydew and forage for sweet food, proteins, and fats.
  • Swarming characteristics – mating between queens and fertile males takes place on the wing mid to late summer. Males perish after mating.
  • Nest locations can be a mound of up to 40 cm or next to objects found on the ground, e.g. logs.
  • If aggravated, these react aggressively and can inflict a painful sting,
  • These ants are a major agricultural and urban pest, destroying crops and invading residential homes.

Garden Ant

Appearance

  • Workers 4-5mm long.
  • Queens 15mm long.
  • Dark brown-black in colour.
  • 1 small segment at waist point (pedicel).
  • No sting present.

Life Cycle

  • Queens overwinter in soil. Eggs are laid in late spring.
  • Larvae hatch 3-4 weeks later.
  • Larvae feed on secretions from the queen’s salivary glands until the first worker ants emerge.
  • Worker ants continue with larval care, nest building and food foraging.
  • Fertile males are produced later in the season.

Habits

  • Foraging worker ants follow well–defined trails around food sources. Sweet foods are preferred but high protein foods will also be taken.
  • Swarming characteristics – mating between queens and fertile males takes place on the wing mid to late summer. Males perish after mating.
  • Nest locations – often outdoors in soil and below paving slabs on the sunny side of buildings.
  • Nest locations can be identified by the presence of finely powdered soil around nest exit holes.

Ghost Ant

Appearance

  • Pale/Translucent legs and abdomen.
  • 6mm long.

Life Cycle

  • Continuous breeding colonies.

Habits

  • Feeding – indoors: sweet substances and grease; outdoors: insects that produce honeydew.
  • Nesting – indoors: small spaces, wall voids; outdoors: in flowerpots, under objects on the ground, under loose bark.
  • Locations – attracted to high moisture areas, can be found in kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  • Colonies can occupy several different nesting sites.

Green Ant

Appearance

  • 5-6mm.
  • Black with metallic green head.
  • Distinctive appearance and odour

Life Cycle

  • The ant’s life cycle passes through egg, larva, pupa, and adult phases.

Habits

  • Typically nests in small colonies under paths and among rockeries.
  • They live in bushy and urban areas.
  • Feeds mainly on materials of vegetable origin.
  • Rarely enters houses.
  • Can inflict a painful sting to humans.

Pavement Ant

Appearance

  • Dark brown or blackish.
  • 3mm long.
  • 6 legs.
  • 2 spines on the back.
  • 2 nodes on petiole.
  • Grooves on head and thorax.
  • Thorax uneven with 1 pair of spines.
  • 12-segmented antennae with 3-segmented club.
  • Winged ants are often mistaken for termites.

Life Cycle

  • Visible spring and summer.
  • Have been known to emerge any time of the year in heated structures.

Habits

  • Feeding – eat almost anything that humans eat, and also pet food.
  • Visibility – seen entering houses looking for food, most often at night. May move through pipes and electrical wires.
  • Nesting – in lawns or under stones, wood, or boards. Mounds built along sidewalks, baseboards, and near foundations in clusters.
  • Colonies found near water.

Pharoahs Ant

Appearance

  • Workers 1.5-2mm long, yellow-brown with brown abdomen.
  • Males 3mm long, black, winged.
  • Queens’s 3.5-6mm long, dark red in colour with wings.
  • Black eyes, 2 small segments at the pedicel.

Life Cycle

  • Multi-queen colonies.
  • Swarming can take place at any time of the year.
  • Winged adults seldom fly so rarely seen. Wings are soon lost after mating.

Habits

  • Well–defined trails are laid which are often associated with heating systems. Feeds indoors on high protein foods — meat, fats, blood, dead insects, etc.
  • Swarming characteristics — new colonies are often formed through nests that have been disturbed e.g., as a result of insecticide spray treatments.
  • Each queen produces up to 3,500 eggs in its lifetime.
  • Nest locations — deep seated in cavities in heated buildings. Often found in hospitals. Associated with humid conditions. Colonies can range from a few dozen to 300,000 individuals.

Sugar Ant

Appearance

  • This species vary greatly in shape, size and colour.
  • Range from 2.5 to 15 mm, and are some of the most often seen ants due to their size and often bright in colouring.

Life Cycle

  • The ant’s life cycle passes through egg, larva, pupa and adult phases.

Habits

  • Often nests in a variety of sites ranging from holes in wood to the roots of plants, twigs of trees and shrubs, between rocks or in the soil.
  • They can also be seen during the day however, they are most active at night.
  • They are unable to sting, but they do possess strong mandibles which can bite. In self-defence these ants are also able to spray acid from their abdomens to deter predators.
  • They feed on dead and lives insects, household waste and are attracted by sweet food.
  • They rarely enter houses.