Pest Control and Removal of Ants
The sunny Australian climate is a perfect and fertile ground for ants to thrive. We have a large number of the world’s ant species to annoy us, the most common of which is the black ant.
Ants are indeed some of the most common and persistent pests in and around your home or business and can be extremely annoying. They show up seemingly from nowhere and for no reason and they often seem to infiltrate and take over the property. No matter how much you spray them with cans of insect spray, they just seem to keep multiplying and take over.
You can see where the expression “marching ants” comes from. They are like army soldiers marching in single file with absolute focus on their job at hand. Sometimes it is easy to identify the crack or crevice where they are coming from and you can treat with many off the shelf type applications to try and minimise their impact. Very often these treatments have short term positive effects and before you know it, the soldiers are back on duty marching towards their objectives, which is usually some form of food source or another which you may not initially even be aware of.
So, is there a solution? Can you really overcome and conquer an ant infestation?
Well, the good news is yes. It’s not easy and in many cases, you may not be suitably equipped to win the war. It does take an ant pest control expert to help locate and identify the primary ant source, and then use the correct pest treatment to eradicate them.
Here are a few suggestions that may help you with your ant infestation:
Follow the path: find out where they are coming from and where they are going so you can take measures to reduce the attractiveness of their end food destination. This is usually not that difficult although it can be tricky to find out where they are really coming from as they emerge from cracks or crevices in your wall. You may need to get under the property if at all possible to find the real source. If you identify an entry point you could seal it off with a silicone caulking gun. However, ants are not that easily deterred and will usually find another way through. Find their destination and do what you can to remove the incentive for their journey. Cover up any food, wipe down surfaces with soapy detergents and regularly remove rubbish to outside bins. However, you will find that the slightest little scrap of food or drink will quickly bring them back.
Liquid bait: After you locate an entry point and have managed to seal it off, you could purchase a liquid bait off the shelf from any hardware store. Many of these work well in the short term and act more as a deterrent at that exit/entry point but do not address the origin points. They are easy to apply. Just follow the instructions and you will usually enjoy some short term relief. You could even go on the offensive and place the liquid bait in other similar areas in the hope of limiting future ant problems.
Spray: There are a number of spray solutions available from cans to external pump type gadgets you can use. Be sure to follow instructions, particularly for the external applicators if you have family and pets around. These external sprays are usually messier than cans or liquid bait but can provide a god barrier to entry into your property for a short time. You will need to ensure you repeat the applications on a regular basis. Again this is often a temporary and costly solution as you will need to repeat at regular intervals.
When you have an ant challenge and you have tried these and other solutions that have only provided temporary relief, maybe it’s time to contact an Ant Pest Control Expert.
Parramatta Pest Control will target the treatment to your specific ant issue. Given there are over 1,500 ant species, we need to identify your ant infestation and treat accordingly at the same time ensuring the health and safety of all people and pets.
So, if you have an ant infestation and you are tired of the band aid solutions, give us a call. You will be glad you did!