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5 things you should know about the Nuisance Black Ant explosion in Noosa

  1. What do they look like?

Small black ants, with leads often inches thick with ant numbers. When alarmed they tend to raise their rear end.

 

  1. Where do we find them?

Established populations in the Noosa area, Sunshine Beach through to Eumundi. Associated with well-watered gardens, golden palms and bushland near water.

We can’t miss them in our gardens or on our homes. If we work from our fence line in towards our homes, we often find steams of foraging ants tracking from neighbouring bushland and or our neighbour’s yard along fences, following any man-made structures, walkways, garden edging to our home, then up walls and often into our roof voids kitchens and bathrooms. Ants are always looking for something to eat, to drink & somewhere to build a nest.

 

  1. What are they eating?

These ant colonies can build into millions of individual ants populating whole neighbourhoods.

The South East Queensland sub-tropical climate has delivered a prolonged warm wet humid season. This ideal weather has accelerated the development of scale, mealy bugs and aphids. (Common garden sap sucking insects that feed on sweet plant sap and produce honeydew)

The HONEYDEW is a significant food source for these Nuisance black ants, so much so that these ants actively tend to and ‘Farm’ the sap sucking insects (Even transporting them and protecting them).

 

  1. Why are there so many?
    1. There is an abundance HONEYDEW producing insects on garden plants | delivering a huge food source for the ants
    2. The ants social structure is designed for rapid growth | Satellite nests multiply out from established nests.
    3. About 50% of the ants in a colony can reproduce allowing for rapid expansion
    4. Able to rapidly split nests to form multiple satellite nests often in trees, palms, under leaf litter, roof void and for some reason electrical equipment.
    5. These Nuisance black ants are not known to exhibit TROPHOLAXIS (This slows conventional pest management practices where the active in liquid insecticide treatments is passed from one ant to the next)
    6. The worker ants feed the colony by producing a sterile egg (Trophic Egg). There is no real evidence that the active in insecticides does in fact infects the Trophic Eggs, therefore limiting contamination of the nest.
    7. There is some evidence that DIY home treatments stimulate the Nuisance black ant populations to multiply, triggered by the die off of numbers of the workers required to maintain the colony.

 

  1. What can I do?
    1. Treat for scale, mealybug & aphids
    2. Trim plants, bushes and tree branches away from your home. Ideally no vegetation should touch the external walls. When plants touch walls of your home they can be used as a ‘bridge’ by ants to gain access into your home.
    3. For small infestations treat trails of Nuisance black ants with Selley’s TALON ant killer gel. You can find it at Woolworths, Coles or Bunnings. (Be aware that using this gel to control larger ant colonies will be very costly and time consuming with no guarantee of success.)
    4. Engage a professional pest control technician to conduct a thorough and systematic treatment and provide a Technicians Report outlining a management program designed for your home, based on the environment, construction type of your home, the pressure from the established ant colonies and your expectations.

Ants have become one of the primary pests infesting homes in recent years and depending on the size of the established populations they are near impossible to control using DIY chemical treatment or natural deterrents.

The Nuisance Black Ant described in this article | Technomyrmex difficilis

 

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5 simple termite checks | Termite Safe Homes (A Noosa Shire initiative)

5 simple termite checks around your home | while you are working in your garden

  1. Always check old stumps & under landscape timbers for termites. These can be prime places to find termites.
  2. If you have a deck or your home is up on stumps, then regularly check the stumps for termite mud leads. Use a powerful torch in darker hard to see areas. We normally find them there.
  3. Keep garden mulch away from the wall exterior of your home. Mulch creates an ideal means for termites to conceal themselves while they could be making their way into your home.
  4. Taps leaking or water pooling against the wall exterior of your home can create ideal conditions for termites. Have leaking taps repaired & ensure pooling water is drained away.
  5. Keep stored items off of the wall exterior of your home. We often find stored items create concealed places for termites to gain access to your home undetected.

South East Queensland sub-tropical climate

The South East Queensland sub-tropical climate provides ideal conditions for termites to flourish. Always consider that the conditions around your home can change over a 12 month period.

When considering a termite management plan for your home, remember that it is best practice to have regular professional termite inspections.

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The Gecko Invasion

Love them or hate them, they are thriving.                                         

If you find black, white tipped, rice like Pellets scattered around your home, you have Geckos.

The white tip is actually uric acid (urine), Geckos do not urinate, but expel the uric acid with their faecal matter, similar to birds. Continue reading

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Are my pets at risk of poisoning from rodent baiting?

During the colder winter months rodent infestations can become a real problem for many homeowners as both rats and mice look for warmer surroundings, and a more prolific food source.

The most common solution to control these infestations is baiting with a registered rodenticide, often readily available from local high street stores, DIY super stores, or a professional pest control company. Continue reading

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Rats or mice dropping?

Have you seen fresh or hard droppings in and around your home, garage or shed ?, these droppings are normally small and different shapes indicating that if small it’s possibly mice and bigger been possibly rats, either way you need to investigate as you don’t want these pests taking over your home as they pose a serious threat to your and your families health. Continue reading

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Termite protection for a home in the Noosa hinterland

Miniature cows Noosa hinterland

Peace of mind where the small cattle roam

 When Suzanne Baker and Pam Robinson bought their beautiful house on forty acres in Eerwah Vale they weren’t entirely sure what they were going to do with all the space. Continue reading

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How do I prevent Termites getting into my Noosa home? Part 1

A question some home owners ask me is – “am I significantly increasing the probability of a termite infestation in my Noosa home?”

As a termite inspector I get to see the many ways that termites get into people’s homes. One of the critical areas on a Termite Inspection Report relates to – Continue reading

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What type of termite chemical treatment should I choose for my Noosa home? Repellent chemical or Non-repellent?

The Great Chemical Active Conundrum

After much research and informed discussion with your local professional termite technician, you have decided that a chemical treated zone is the preferred choice for the termite protection program around your Noosa home. Continue reading

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What termite protection option would be best for my home?

Termite Baiting or Chemical active?

“Which is the best solution for termite the management of my home?” – This is one of the most common questions asked of me in my capacity as a Termite Technician. Continue reading

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How to self treat steel piers to help prevent termites getting into my Noosa home

In theory a home built in the Noosa area on steel peirs should not have any trouble with termites. This is usually true if you actively check around the peirs in your subfloor regularly (at least every 6 months) but if you travel alot you may want to consider installing additional protection around the base of the peirs to reduce the risk of termites making their way into you home while you are away. Continue reading

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