There aren’t many pests more annoying than ants.
Ants are an extremely successful insect, due to their habits, lifecycle and their ability to thrive in virtually any conditions, exploiting almost any situation. When they decide to move in, they can invade homes in their thousands.
One thing that they exploit very well are our homes. Family homes provide everything an ant needs. Good protected places to nest and raise a colony of hundreds or thousands, access to plenty of food sources to raise a colony and access to water.
We recently completed an ant treatment in Northmead. The photos shown here demonstrate the extent of the infestation that the home owner was dealing with.
Our customer had a fairly extreme ant problem inside and outside the home. Our technician was able to complete a thorough inspection of the home and identified many nesting sites throughout.
Once the known and suspected nesting areas were located, our technician was then able to apply targeted treatments into these areas. This, in conjunction with additional future defence treatments, enabled us to provide our customer with a 12 month service warranty, even in this extreme case.
Remember – when Amalgamated Pest Control comes out to your property to treat ants or any other pests, they are Guaranteed Gone.
Common Ant Problems
There are quite a few species of ants that infest homes in the Parramatta area, nesting both indoors and outdoors.
Internally, nests can be found inside wall cavities, roof cavities, under houses, behind skirtings and architraves, under and behind kitchen cupboards and many other places. They can also be found in electrical switches / power points.
Externally, they can be commonly found nesting in rockeries, gardens and paths. Ants live in quite large colonies, so the need to enter a house is high as they must find and provide a lot of food to feed the rest of the colony.
Due to the fact that they live in these large colonies, they can be difficult to control successfully. Effective control and management of this pest is most effective over the long term in the hands of a professional pest manager.
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, the appropriate products can be applied to control the nests. This can be by direct application, placing strategic residual barriers with liquids, or by applying crack and crevice treatments with dusts over or through which the ants are travelling to their food sources. External ant barriers with effective products and applied with the right equipment will stop ants entering the home before they become an issue.
Baiting can be an effective control measure, especially when all the nesting sites are located indoors. In some cases chemical use needs to be restricted, or the ants are nesting within an area that is not possible to apply treatments to. Baits must be carefully selected based on the species of ant being targeted, as different ant species have different feeding preferences.
This is a common reason why many homeowners will struggle to control ants with ant baits purchased from hardware stores or supermarkets. One bait does not control all ant species.
Helpful Tips for Home
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.
Here are a few tips that can either help you control a problem or assist greatly in preventing an ant infestation.
- Trim Overhanging Branches – Branches offer ants and other pests an easy path into your building. Trim any branches so that they don’t touch or overhang your roof, or deposit leaf foliage to block your gutters.
- Remove Bushes Against Walls – Bushes that grow up against your walls allow ants an access into your premises away from barriers or treatments applied.
- Remove External Food and Water – Excess food and water resources, such as unemptied rubbish bins, compost, pet food and drink cans encourage ants to forage in these areas. Seal any bins and empty any pooled water.
- General Hygiene – Food preparation and eating areas must free of food particles and waste, and food storage kept well sealed.
- Treatment Recommendations – Liquid, dust or granular insecticides and baits can be effective against certain species, when used correctly. Finding and destroying the nests is always the best strategy.
If you have an ant problem, and would like further advice in relation to their management, call Amalgamated Pest Control Parramatta for a Guaranteed Gone treatment solution.
Call 1300 536 435 today!