Ants are closely related to the wasp species and are social insects which live together in colonies, feeding and grooming each other.
When ants begin to infest your homes and sting people in yards and parks, they then fall into the category of a nuisance pest. I am sure we can all relate to having dealings with ants within the home or being bitten. Some species of ants can be a public health problem and have been known to short circuit electrical components which then becomes a potential fire hazard.
Their social organisation, diversity and adaptability in the urban environment have made ants the number one pest for Pest Managers and house holders within Australia.
Most home owners take the method of “do it yourself” ant control. In most cases this can make the situation worse. Over the counter sprays are repellent and cause a phenomenon called “budding” where ants separate from the parent nest and queen. For the best and most effective control of ants we recommend an application only by a professional licensed pest control manager.
We at Tommy Termites Pest & Weed Management conduct a thorough inspection of your home to ascertain where the ant problem is originating from. We will then discuss the course of action to take. In most cases we recommend an external treatment of the dwelling as majority of times the ants within your dwelling are travelling back and forth from a nest outside whilst foraging for food and water.
The Insecticide we use is not a barrier as we do not want to trap the ants within the dwelling, we create a treatment zone as it is undetectable by the ants. The ants will then walk through the treated zone and then carry it on their bodies and pass onto any ants they come in contact with. Those ants then pass it onto more ants throughout the nest and so on. We call it sharing the love!
Here is some handy hints to help deter ants within your home
INSIDEClean up spills and food crumbs quickly
Empty waste baskets regularly
Dispose of uneaten pet food
Store food in pest-proof containers
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 bins