Overview, identify & treatment Scientific name: Family: Formicidae (The family name is derived from the Latin word for ‘ant’) Overview “Did you know ants can carry more that 3 times their own body weight?” There are many species, sizes and shapes of ants. Three castes in each colony | Queen, workers and males
- Queens are fertile & lay the eggs
- Workers feed, defend & maintain the colony
- While the males job is simply to mate with Queens
- Elbowed antennae
- Appears to have 3 segments (Because of narrow waist)
- Front wings are longer that the rear
Ants vs termites Concerned home owners may mistakenly confuse ants for termites Termites have:
- Straight antennae
- Looks like 2 body segments (Have a fat waist)
- Wings are equal in length
Common ant species to the Noosa & Hinterland Districts On or in buildings
- Australian Black Ant
- White Footed Black Ant
- Coastal Brown Ant
- Carpenter Ant
In the yard ants
- Green Headed Ant
- Bulldog Ant
- Funnel Ant
How to control ants “Control the colony & you control your ant issue.” Cooroy Termite & Pest Control technicians have a ‘Tool Box” of chemical active formulations for the treatment and control of ant colonies (And other pests). Your technician is trained to design an ant management program specific to the environment around your home. Depending on the design of your home, the conducive conditions/environment unique to your home, your technician will design a treatment program considering:
- species of ant,
- home design,
- conducive conditions and
- the ant pressure from surrounding bushland or your neighbors properties.
Ant Control We are often asked “does pest control get rid of ants?”. The answer is yes, however depending on the environment and the conditions that attract and support ant populations on a property; many serious ant infestations require a structured treatment process rather than a one time event. Many of the “do it yourself pest control and ant treatments” focus on treating the worker ants. For some species this can work, however, most species need focus on eliminating the nest. Key points:
- The objective is to eliminate the Queen/s and where possible remove the nest/s
- Identification of species is key to the planning and development of an effective SmartGuard Ant Control treatment
- Most building will require the building owners participation in the implementation of an effective SmartGuard Ant Control solution, in particular in removing conducive conditions that may be attracting of facilitating ant into the building.
- Pest control technicians should use a combination of modern treatments from sugar based gels and liquids, and non-repellent sprays.
- Pyrethroid sprays should be avoided as they act as a repellent and could just move your ant problem elsewhere.
- Some ants will increase egg production if they feel threatened or disturbed.
- Most ant control work will require more than one visit to the site.
- High ant pressure sites may require more frequent treatments per annum until the pressure has been moved away from the building.
SmartGuard Ant Control & Protection Program What can I do to control ants? “Attract a few and you can end up with a colony”
- Exclude ants | Ants only need a tiny gap to get access to your home. Follow the trails and seal those areas
- Keep surfaces clean | Ants will look for oils, carbohydrates and sweets
- Treating workers with surface spray can work against you | See article
- Keep vegetation off of external walls | Ants will use bushes, branches and vines to get access into your home and sometimes into you roof void.
If you need advice or assistance in controlling your ant infestation call our office on 07 5472 0141