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How to get rid of ants?
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Control of ants that have become a pest. Termico Technicians have access to Ant prevention and eradication products that are far more effective than repellent pyrethroids. Fipronil and indoxacarb are non-repellent ingredients that will effectively control ants by taking advantage of their social interaction. Individuals will inadvertently spread the pesticides to the whole colony and even species with multiple nests can be eradicated. 

Why are they considered to be pests?

Ants are potential though perhaps unlikely transmitters of disease and they can be annoying and destructive pests. Their nest mounds can be unsightly and undermining of paving and plant roots is common. Excavation under concrete or foundations can cause cracking. Fires are sometimes caused by ants nesting behind electrical switches. Bites and stings can be very painful and a serious risk to the health of sensitive individuals.  

More often, ants are just an unwelcome nuisance in and around our homes.

What can home owners do to control them?

Ants are one of, if not the most difficult pest to control. Their biology and subterranean existence equips them superbly well for survival. None of the favoured old remedies such as boiling water or petrol will be effective. Depending on the species there are likely to be less than 5% of the colony above ground at any time and it is for this reason that commonly used repellent pesticides are only temporarily effective. Most of the colony will remain safely underground and relocate or just resurface a few weeks after the treatment. Hydramethylnon baits are available and can be effective on coastal brown ants but are very expensive. 

Maintaining sanitation and hygiene in and around the home will deter ants. Clean up uneaten pet food outside and food particles inside the home. Pay particular attention to kitchen food preparation benches and floors and any other areas that may become contaminated with crumbs etc. Eradicating sap sucking insects from garden plants will deny ants an attractive source of food.

Termico Ant Treatments

Termico offer a complete service in the eradication of ants from your home, these include:

1. Inspection – Fully inspect your home to find all ant harbourages and report findings to you

2. Aerosol – This treatment involves flushing crevices and cracks

3. Dusting – Applying dust to voids and drains in and around the home

4. Wet Surface Spray – A wet spray is applied to exterior walls and areas of pest harbourage

5. Granules – Are applied to lawns and gardens

6. Pest-free Advice – Once the eradication treatment is complete we will advise you on how to help reduce future problems.

Ant Facts

Ants belong to the order Hymenoptera (membrane wing) along with bees and wasps. They are a very widespread and varied group of insects; in Australia around 3000 species are known. They are generally omnivorous but feeding habits vary between species. Some are predacious while others only scavenge. All ants are liquid feeders.

Ants are social insects living in colonies of thousands to millions of individuals. They nest in soil, rotting wood or even amongst rocks. However nesting sites need not be permanent, they will relocate their nests if conditions become adverse. Some will nest inside buildings in wall voids or any suitable cavities; behind cupboards and skirting boards. More often they are temporary if not infrequent intruders into our homes, seeking food, moisture or shelter.

Identifying Ants

There are many ant species found in and around our homes. A few are more frequently encountered.

 Coastal brown ant (Big-headed ant)

  • An introduced species from Africa.
  • Small ginger-brown ants with shiny dark brown abdomens, significantly with two worker castes.
  • Small minor workers 2-3mm long and less numerous major (big head) workers 3.5–4.5mm long.
  • Multiple queens with interconnected nests. 
  • Colonies can be enormous.
  • Prefers meat or fat based foods.
  • Will sting but does not cause discomfort to humans.
  • Very active in late summer and autumn.
  • Well adapted to nesting under building surrounds.

White footed house ant

  • Black with pale segments (not obvious) on its legs.
  • Abdomen is heart shaped when viewed from above.
  • 2.5-3mm long.
  • Nests on outdoors around paths and rockeries or within buildings in wall voids or behind cupboards or skirting etc.
  • Sometimes behind electrical switches.
  • Varied feeding habits but is attracted by sugary foods.
  • Common in urban areas.

Bulldog ant

  • Red or black 18-20mm long.
  • Characteristic large eyes.
  • Nests outdoors in soil or under logs and rocks.
  • Nests are usually large and obvious, often with multiple entries.
  • Eats insects, seeds, fruit, honeydew and nectar.
  • Very aggressive and can inflict a very painful sting.
  • More common in rural or semi rural areas.

Meat Ant

  • Red and black. 13-14mm long.
  • Generally single large nests often topped with gravel.
  • Eats animal materials and honeydew from sap sucking or other sugar producing insects.
  • Produces a pungent odour when disturbed.
  • Very aggressive and will bite but does not sting. 
  • More common in rural or semi rural areas.

If you have an Ant problem call our dedicated Customer Service Team today 

 “We’ll take your call, book you in and turn up on time.”  9443 9451

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