Amazon Pest Control

Ants


Ants are one of the most common insects found around us. You get them in homes as well as in office buildings. They are pests because they travel to all kinds of places, including garbage areas, and may carry germs on their bodies. In this manner, they transmit diseases and cause food poisoning. In addition, some ants inflict painful bites. There are many different types of ants such as:- Fire Ant, Pharoh Ant, White Footed Ant, Bull Ant Argentine Ant, Odorous House Ant etc. The most common ants that we deal with on a day to day basis are

COASTAL BROWN ANTS

Originally from Africa, the Coastal Brown Ant is prominent in domestic situations in the Sydney area; Darwin; and east coast towns, south at least to Sydney. It is considered the major ant pest in many areas. Distinctive large-headed major workers are present along with ordinary workers. The majors defend the colony, and perform special tasks, such as seed-cracking. The waist is 2-jointed, and a sting is present. This ant infests houses, stores and gardens, taking food ranging from sugar to cheese, meat and bread.

BLACK ANTS

The Black House Ant occurs in Australia over much of the range of the White-footed House Ant and has similar behaviour. It commonly nests within the structure of buildings. It is a little smaller and stockier than the White-footed House Ant, and more intensely black, with a sometimes subtle, but distinct, purplish blue-green iridescence. The White-footed and Black House Ants have a distinctive strong odour when crushed, but the smell is reportedly imperceptible to some noses.

CARPENTER ANTS

Carpenter ants, providing they have the environmental conditions are difficult insects to control and can cause extensive damage to wood timbers in a fairly short period of time. Carpenter ants do not actually eat wood but excavate galleries within it to use as nesting sites. Foraging activity can occur at any time of day but usually peaks at night. When foraging inside houses, carpenter ants are attracted to sweets, meat, grease and fat.

A carpenter ant colony is usually formed by a queen who begins a nest in a piece of old buried wood or in a partially decayed tree or stump. In mature infestations, there may be as many as ten satellite colonies linked to the parent colony by trails. There is a frequent exchange of workers between these satellite colonies and the main nest. Colonies normally do not produce winged reproductive forms until they are at least three to six years old with emergence of swarmers typically occurring from December through February The most common way in which homes become infested is through emigration of an existing colony were they can find an appropriate nesting site, usually a section of decaying timber were excavation is easier. Carpenter ant colonies are inclined to move if they are disturbed, as often happens during construction/ renovations. Thus, new homes or those homes surrounding building works present likely locations for attack.

Paper wasps - treatment involves locating nests, there could be several, usually under eaves, pergolas or on tree branches. Then spraying the nests directly using a surface spray, hence eradication of wasps immediately. Paper wasp nests are removed were possible.

TREATMENT METHODS

Treatment for any species of ants takes a number of steps.

  1. Identification of Ant species
  2. location of source or nest.
  3. Establishing method(s) to control ants.
    1. Methods of control can range from
      Chemical barriers to stop ants entering property.
    2. Application of pesticides directly into nest or
    3. voids were ants are travelling.
    4. The use of ant baits, where ants are attracted to
    5. bait and then take it back to there nest,
    6. eliminating the colony.