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No one enjoys having ants crawling around their home, eating scraps of food in the kitchen or randomly crawling in long trails on the wall. Since New South Wales (NSW) is susceptible to drought and extreme heat, ants will seek out sources of food and water inside your house. Ants can travel long distances from their colony to seek food. Some may even end up starting a new nest in and around your property.
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How can you remove an ant infestation the right way?
How exactly can we get rid of the ants? Here are the first steps you need to take when you want to stop ants from infesting your property.
- The first thing you need to do is to conduct a thorough inspection which should start with a conversation with your pest control professional.
- Get the floor plan of your house and mark all the areas where you've seen ants.
- Consult a pest exterminator. Discuss the problem with a professional and show them the marked floor plan. This way you can help the pest exterminator determine the location of the ant mound and can help them when planning where to place the ant baits.
How can you find an ant infestation in your property?
Look for any ant colony or mound located around your property. Ants like building their nests pretty much anywhere, but they really enjoy having an access point to food and water sources.
One spot that can be a place for ants to build a nest is your dryer vent, located on the outside of your house. Here they have a very easy entry point to plenty of water and food, since in most houses it is common practice to have a dryer vent near the kitchen. This is a great place to start looking for ants. Other places they like to hide include the porch and near doors. You should also inspect flowerbeds and the rest of the yard.
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Why should you hire a professional pest control team?
Ants, in most cases, are considered as pests when they show up in your home or office. Outdoors, however, ants serve an important function for the environment. They clean the environment and aerate the soil. This is why ants should not be killed recklessly unless there is a good reason to do so.
The Masters of Pest Control in Sydney uses the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) method to get to the bottom of a pest problem. Our pest control team will thoroughly inspects your property, remove sources of food and water, locate nests and apply pest solutions as needed so that ants won't see your property as their playground.
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Why is it necessary to identify the ant species found in your property?
Ant colonies which have only one queen such as Camponotus can be dealt with easily. Ant species which have multiple queens and nests such as Argentine ants, Odorous house ants and Pharaoh's ants can be trickier to exterminate.
For instance, if you try to exterminate a Pharaoh's Ant colony using synthetic pyrethroid, this would only result to their queen ants leaving the colony and building a new colony elsewhere in your property. In the end, you'll have to pay for another pest control service.
This is why identifying a species is of utmost importance. Many pest control workers do not bother identifying the ant species and simply class them as black or brown. Proper identification of the ant species is important and should be done before doing anything else.
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Some things to note when choosing a pest exterminator
Avoid outdated pest control methods.
In the old days, ant control measures were really unsophisticated. The pest controller would arrive at the location, unroll his long hose and deluge the front and backyard with approximately 60 litres of insecticide, typically organochlorine. This blanket spray, as often called, would cover all gardens, lawns, pathways and the base of the house. Roof voids would have been covered with a synthetic pyrethroid powder and sometimes with space sprays with Dichlorvos. Was this effective? Well, whatever you think, this method often required a call-back as ants were still showing everywhere.
Avoid ineffective ant control methods that do not provide a lasting solution.
So, why was this method ineffective? Mostly because there was no real effort in trying to locate the nests. With this approach, insecticide would kill mostly workers but would leave the larvae and pupae unharmed, leaving them to emerge as adults. The emulsion of the insecticide would be absorbed into the surface and this would prevent it to be picked up by the insects. However, this was the only and most used method which no one questioned, except for those who still had problems with ants.
Avoid pest control that makes use of harmful or toxic chemicals.
Later on, insecticides were applied in a grid pattern to reduce the quantity used. Organochlorines were still not available at this time and organophosphates such as chlorpyrifos were used. These were highly toxic and had a strong smell. More importantly, they were much more expensive. The breakthrough arrived with the introduction of ant baits which were available as solids, liquids and viscous gels.
Are ants dangerous?
The majority of ant species are not considered as pests but only some native and introduced ant species are a cause for concern. Some ants make their nests in decaying wood and are suspected to cause destruction when in fact they will only infest already decaying wood.
Most ants come from the outside of households but they can commonly find nests in places such as roof voids, wall cavities, inside window screens and behind bathroom tiles. Basically, ants like the same places as cockroaches so the control methods are very similar. Because of their nesting habits, ants often leave piles of gritty matter on the horizontal surfaces or around doors and window frames. If you inspect these piles up close, they often contain dead ants which have been removed from their nests.
No matter how hard you clean the piles, they will continue to reappear as long as there are ants living near. This is not big of a problem but it tends to get bigger as ants make their way inside pantries or inside food containers. Luckily for us, they are not considered to be dangerous to human health but very rare Pharaoh´s ants which are very common to hospital areas can sometimes carry diseases.
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What are the ant species we can find in Australia?
- White-footed black house ants (Technomyrmex albipes) are the common black house ants.
- Black house ant (Ochetellus glaber) is an ant species which normally makes their nests in the ground or in decaying wood.
- Coastal brown ants (Pheidole megacephala) is an ant species usually found in buildings and in piles of rocks, soil and debris.
- Brown house ants (Doleromyrma darwiniana) are ants that have similar nesting habits as coastal brown ants.
- Pharaoh's ants (Monomorium pharaonis) is a rare ant species in Australia but is very common in Europe and USA.
- Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) can be very aggressive and can drive out other ants and other animals from their living or nesting areas.
- Odorous ants (Tapinoma minutum) are ants that make their nests inside buildings and in wall voids.
- Singapore ants (Monomorium destructor) have a powerful bite and sting.
Which parts of the house are commonly infested with ants?
- Kitchens — benchtops, skirting boards, window sills, behind and inside cupboards, back side of the refrigerator where the motor is located, behind kitchen taps and wall tiles and under the sink;
- All interior areas — skirting boards, carpet edges, window sills, power points (watch out for of electricity), electrical cables, taps and tiles. Look for piles of grit, sand and dead ants as these usually form directly near the ant activity;
- Exterior areas — ants can be anywhere as they can be trailing near fence rails, paths, in the lawn or in the garden.
Some species can be more active during the night. Following an ant trail that seems to disappear suddenly, you may find them appearing outside near the point of disappearance. If this proves to be unsuccessful, it probably means that they are nesting inside a wall or roof voids.
Since ants are social insects, they need to have a nest which is their center of operations. Some ant species nest in decaying wood and soil, while some nest inside dwellings in a wide range of locations.
Black ants have been found nesting in vehicles having made their nests in the First Aid kit in a glove box and inside the wing mirror of a pest control van! If you can find the nest, it will make your job a lot easier as you can deal with it directly. If not, you will have to use sprays, dusts and baits. These will take longer but if you use them as they should be used, they will still have a good effect. When using ant baits, it is imperative that you identify the ant species so you can use the correct bait.
Some basic rules when using insecticides
- Non-repellent formulations are often superior to repellent formulations such as synthetic pyrethroids. This is because the ants will go through the non-repellent insecticide unknowingly. Some kinds of non-repellent actives and formulations are Bendiocarb, Fipronil, Indoxacarb and Chlorfenapyr.
- The sprays need to be applied to the base of walls, fences and garden beds.
- Sprays should be re-applied after the rain.
- Insecticidal dusts need to be applied to roof voids as well.
Are insecticides necessary when removing an ant infestation? Consult our team to find out!
How can you successfully remove ants in your property?
Tips For Controlling Sydney Ants
After you have managed to identify the ant mound, your next step will be to take pest control measures. You can find many organic pest control products on the market that are able to kill ants. Unfortunately most of the time, organic products is just a hit or miss and what usually happens is that once the mound has started dying in one place they will simply move about 1m away and start building a new nest. The key to killing off a mound is to target the queen. You can try mixing cinnamon with baking soda and coffee grinds which will sometimes work out to kill off ants. However there are some very effective organic products that do the trick, but they are a bit costly. Some of them work by dehydrating the ants so much that they die.
Another better approach is to call a professional ant expert, as they are well aware of what actions to take in order to help you get rid of these insects. Call (02) 8007 4666 today!
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We understand ants. We have serviced hundreds of homes in the past with ant infestations. We know what pest control solution will work and can save you time and money.
There are some products that really do the trick, but can be purchased only by licensed insect expert, so if you contact us you can be assured that we are using only the best pest solution products. We have a close to 100% success rate for ant removal.
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