Ants may very well be the most annoying pest ever! Ants are one of the most common pests in and around the home, they are generally found in nests in the garden, however they often move indoors. They can potentially nest in walls and ceilings, causing problems with electrical wiring.
Some interesting facts about ants:
- There are more than 12,000 species of ants all around the globe, while Australia is known to house 10 subfamilies.
- Ants are incredibly strong and can lift 20 times their own body weight. Most of the time they don’t cause any harm, however can be a health risk if they come into contact with food.
- Of all insects that infest buildings, ants are the most common. There are many different species of ant. Each is unique in terms of nesting sites, habits, characteristics and feeding preferences.
- Ants don’t have any lungs, Oxygen is received through the many holes covering their bodies and air departs through that same way.
- Ants leave an invisible chemical trail which contains pheromones for others to follow once they locate the food source.
- A colony can live a relatively long lifetime. Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
- A colony can contain thousands of Ants and whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened.
- Ants live in colonies consisting of:
- An egg-laying female (Queen)
- Short-lived males and workers (sterile female)
- Foragers in gardens or kitchens (Workers)
Points of entry for the ants:
- Born in the house- some ant species can build nests inside your home – often using wall voids or rotting wood to make a nest. That means you could have several generations of these insects.
- Doors- Doors that are poorly sealed are ideal for ants to gain access.
- Cracks & Crevices – Ants can enter through even the tiniest cracks, seeking water and sweet or greasy food substances in the kitchen and pantry.
- Foundation gaps & in the floor – Though most Australian home foundations are strong, they are not always airtight. These gaps can be created during construction and provide ants just enough space to enter a home. What may not be so obvious is that ants can travel inside your floor! They may have established routes underneath carpets, tile and hardwood flooring.
- Windows – When open, windows and screens with holes are an obvious entry for ants.
- Utility Lines – Check where your utility lines enter your home for ant activity. With all the electricity, telephone, cable, water and natural gas lines, there are a lot of little holes in your house for easy access.
Ant Prevention Tips:
- Clean up food and drink spills immediately.
- Rinse out cans or bottles before putting them into the recycling bin.
- Keep food stored tightly.
- Pick up pets food at night and don’t feed them outdoors.
- Seal cracks around doors and windows, and keep gutters and downpipes clean.
- Cut trees and shrubs away from perimeter of house.
Successful, long-term ant control requires more than just a surface spray. At Termite Solutions Victoria, we use the latest products available including repellent, non-repellent liquid insecticide as well as insecticidal dusts, baits and granules.
Call us today on 03 9555 5922 and speak with one of our experts to answer any questions and arrange a specialised treatment.