Ants are social insects, living in colonies. There are hundreds of native species. In their natural environment they are important as predators and scavengers and contribute to the recycling of nutrients to the soil. In domestic and industrial situations they can be a problem.
There colonies are active all year and can become very large. A colony includes a queen, workers and, in most species, soldiers. All are without wings. The queen controls the colony and lays eggs, the workers care for the brood, clean and maintain the nest and forage for food, and the soldiers protect the colony.
Ants will eat almost anything including meats, eggs, oils and fats. Also, when foraging for food, ants leave pheromone trails everywhere they go. This habit ensures they do not waste time visiting the same area twice. Some queen ants can live for many years and have millions of babies! Ants don’t have ears. They hear by feeling vibrations in the ground through their feet. When ants fight, it is usually to the death!
Black House Ant
The black house ant, and a few related species, are a shiny black and 2-3 mm long. Nests are normally in the ground, under bark or in decaying timber. Trails, which are well defined, may extend over long distances and go up into shrubs and trees, where the ants feed on honeydew from sap-sucking insects. They can nest in roof or wall spaces. The group includes species which track across ceilings, beams and joists and drop ant debris onto surfaces below. Black house ants eat sweet foods.
Coastal Brown Ants
These ants are 2-3 mm long. The soldiers have very large heads. Coastal brown ants often nest between pavers and along pathways and will throw out soils. They also infest wall cavities, leaving piles of debris at the nest entrance. Nests can become very large. They eat proteins and fats and not sweet foods like the black house ant.
The Singapore ant is most commonly found in tropical and sub tropical areas. Worker ants vary in size from 1.8mm – 3.0mm long. Their heads and upper bodies are light brown in colour, while the back segment of their bodies is a darker brown. They move slowly in single file and continuous trails. Singapore ants are very destructive as they can chew through plastic and rubber. They can bite and sting and have no smell when crushed.
This ant and a few related species are 4-6mm long, with a metallic green head and metallic black-green thorax and abdomen. They do not usually enter houses but can be a nuisance in gardens, where they nest in lawns and rockeries. Their nests can be easily located. Greenhead ants can inflict a very painful sting.
Our Ant treatments are safe, effective and environmentally friendly, you don’t even need to vacate the property during or after the treatment, which remains effective for many months.
What we offer
• Inspection: We inspect your property for ants and identify any active areas.
• Dust: Should there be ant activity in your roof void we may apply a dust powder.
• Spray: We apply a registered chemical for ant control to the following areas: interior, exterior, outbuildings, fences and garage.
Our ant treatments are safe, effective and environmentally friendly with guaranteed results which are carried out to the Australian standards in a Safe, professional manner.
You don’t even need to vacate the property during or after the treatment.