Recently we attended a job last week in Gladesville, Sydney, where our customer had a large ant problem. After completing an inspection, our technician found ants nesting in several places throughout the property.
The ant species we located is known as the White Footed House Ant. It is a small black ant approx 2.3-3.0mm in length. It commonly nests indoors and outdoors. Internally nests can be found inside wall cavities, behind skirtings and architraves, under and behind kitchen cupboards and many other places.
They can also be a pest of electrical switches / power points. Externally they can be found nesting in rockeries, gardens and paths. They are generally omnivorous, but prefer to feed on sweets.
These ants live in quite large colonies so the need to enter a house is high as they need to provide a lot of food to feed the entire colony. Due to the fact that they live in large colonies can make them hard to control. Removal of this pest is best left to a professional pest manager.
How do I get rid of ants?
In order to effectively control an ant problem the first step is a thorough inspection. This inspection should attempt to locate all nesting sites as well as feeding sites. If incorrect assumptions are made about the location of nesting sites, this will cause changes in the ant colonies behaviour causing them to move to or travel along different areas. Once nesting sites are located then the appropriate products can be applied to control the nests. This can be by direct application or placing strategic residual barriers with liquids or applying crack and crevice treatments with dusts over or through which the ants are travelling to their food sources.
Baiting can be a very effective control measure, especially when all the nesting sites are located indoors, if chemical use needs to be restricted or the ants are nesting within an area that is not possible to apply chemical to. Baits must be carefully selected based on the species of ant needing to be controlled as different ant species have different feeding preferences.
Non-Chemical Ant Removal
Aside from chemicals, there are some non-chemical methods of prevention and control that the occupant of a home can manage. Ants are always foraging for food sources, and generally will nest and thrive where conditions and food availability are favourable. As with all pests, certain elements within your home will make it more or less attractive for pest.
Top tips – what you can do to help control ants
- Improve and maintain hygiene and sanitation in and around the home will reduce the likelihood of infestation from foraging ants.
- Try to ensure that food particles are cleaned regularly. Crumbs can be easily missed in the cleaning process on bench tops, drawers, tables, chairs, couches and floors.
- Internal garbage bins should have tight fitting lids installed and emptied regularly.
- Wash food utensils after use and avoid leaving them unwashed on sink or bench.
- Empty soft drink cans, food containers and the like can be rinsed with water before disposal removing the highly attractive sweet food sources.
- With pet food, try to give your pet only the amount of food they will consume. Avoid leaving pet food in pet bowls for long periods of time. If your pet takes some time to consume meals, there are special pet bowls that have water moats built in to stop ants getting to the food.
If you would like more information on how to manage ant pest problems at your property, call Amalgamated Pest Control Sydney.