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How to Get Rid of Ants in Auckland
Know the ant species and pests you’re dealing with.
Depending on the ant’s species, their nests may be in the soil, in timber, under pavers, in wall cavities or roof voids. One thing is for sure; ants travel vast 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, which requires professional help over time. Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland Services guarantee anti-ant service treatments throughout South Auckland City, North Shore, East, and West Auckland.
Some inflict severe bites, but most are a nuisance pest when they infest kitchens and BBQ areas in large numbers.
White-footed House Ant
Identification: The White-footed house ant is around 2.7 mm 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 provide several million workers and numerous reproductive queens. White-footed house ants prefer 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 buildings, such as in wall cavities, roof voids, architraves, and fireplaces—likewise, the places which are 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. With uniform black to brown 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 to establish subsidiary colonies. Ants from various 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 usually nest under buildings and inside wall cavities. It is mainly a regular moisture source available, from leaking plumbing, shower recess, broken guttering, and roof tiles.
Identification: The workers are all the same size, about 1/16 inch long. Also, yellow or honey-coloured. They have 12-segmented antennae with a 3-segmented club.
Nesting sites: They build their nests in walls and cabinet voids, behind baseboards, inside hollow curtain rods and in folds of sheets, clothes or paper.
Identification: Carpenter ants vary in colour from black to dark brown to 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. Consequently, creating smooth tunnels and galleries. Some Carpenter ants’ colonies may exceed 100,000 workers, with multiple queens and satellite nesting sites. Most species are smaller and require many years to reach maturity. Also, they can travel long distances in search of food.
Nesting sites: Most often build their nests outside, in moist wood, soil, twigs, and branches, but some species will readily infest timbers in buildings.
Identification: Uniformly dull brown in colour. Workers are all the same size, about 1/8 inch long. Thorax is uneven in shape when viewed from the side. They also emit a musty odour when crushed.
Nesting sites: Outdoors in the soil, underwood, slabs, debris, mulch or cavities of trees and shrubs. Shallow, 1-2 inch deep mounds in the open, often distributed habitats, either moist or dry.
Ant and Pest Control Methods
2. Choose the best approach for ant control.
Identification of the specific ant species is quite vital when implementing an ant control program.
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Indeed, some do-it-yourself products may provide short term relief but may worsen a problem. Also, merely killing foraging ants will not remove the colony since the queen remains. The queen’s purpose is to lay more eggs to ensure the colony’s survival, so it would not solve it.
Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland Service has access to various bait, insect growth regulators, and non-repellent materials. These can be used in an integrated approach to any ant infestation. Ants are now the number one pest problem for which homeowners rely on professional advice and remediation. Of course, an interior infestation is likely to have resulted from outdoor populations. You should expect your pest management expert to perform a thorough inspection of the surroundings to develop a strategy to prevent the building’s re-infestation.
Bait Method of Control
Firstly, the number of bait locations and the amount of bait required will depend on ant activity level. For external 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. Moreover, monitor bait levels preferably daily for the first two days. Finally, replenish bait as required until the feeding ceases. Likewise, try not to leave the washing up overnight as it will attract ants.
3. Take action and call Auckland’s best ant control experts.
So how do you get rid of such ants? Call Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland Services on 09 376 7007 for a free piece of advice without the pushy sales talk. Of course, your needs come first!