Ant control treatments
- Tamworth, Armidale and the surrounding area
Ants are among the most difficult pests to control. With their complicated colony structure, ever changing foraging behaviour and of course large populations, successful ant control is a challenge even for the experts. But here at Haynes Pest Management our experience combined with a range of specialist ant products allows us to get on top of even the most persistent ant problem.
What ant control treatments do we provide?
Our ant control programs typically use a combination of products. To get lasting control of ants, it is important to kill the queen (or queens) in the nest. Without the queen laying eggs, the nest cannot recover from a treatment. However, nests can be difficult to find and some species may have multiple nesting areas as part of the same colony, making it all the more difficult to kill the queen(s). However, ant baits are the smart way to deal with ants as we do not need to locate the nest. Ant baits consisting of attractive ant food and a slow acting insecticide are placed where the ants are active. The ants take the bait back to the nest and feed it to their nest mates (including the queen) and the colony is doomed. Baiting can take between a couple of days to 2 weeks to eliminate the nest, but it provides complete control.
All our ant treatments come with a 6 month warranty.
Internal ant control treatments
Our internal ant treatments are designed to get rid of ants that are causing a nuisance inside the house. Many ants commonly nest in the house - ants love wall voids and roof insulation! We spend time to identify the species and try and locate the nest so we can use the most effective treatment. Typically this will include the use of baits inside and a perimeter spray outside the home.
Give us a call to keep your home free of ants
Outdoor ant control treatments
Ants around the perimeter of the home have the potential to come inside, but more commonly they cause problems in outdoor entertaining areas or when they are digging their nests under paths and driveways. Control is achieved through a combination of sprays, baits and insecticide "sands".
Give us a call to see how we can save your paths and driveways!
Lawn ant control treatments
Biting ants in the lawn can be a nuisance (and painful!), especially if you have children wanting to play outside. We can use a range of products (mainly baits) to get rid of ants from your lawn allowing children and pets to use the lawn safely. Green head ants are a common problem in lawns across Australia and have a very painful bite. With green ant treatments we always try and encourage neighbours to have a treatment at the same time otherwise once we have cleared your yard the ants from next door may move in!
Give us a call to reclaim your lawn from biting ants!
How to keep ants out of the house
Ants come into the home looking for food and moisture. To reduce the need for an ant control treatment, there are some easy housekeeping tips that will make your home less attractive to ants
To prevent them entering
- Fill any holes around doors and windows
- Use weephole guards to prevent ants entry through weepholes in brickwork
- Make sure insects screens are well fitting
- Keep the perimeter of your home clear of vegetation and rubbish
Remove food sources
- Don't leave petfood out
- Clear up dirty dishes and food spills immediately
- Keep food in sealed plastic containers
More ant information...
There are thousands of different species in Australia but only around 10-20 commonly cause problems around homes and buildings. Ant colonies consist of a queen (which lays the eggs), larvae (young ants), workers (who do the foraging), soldiers (only in some species) and reproductives (the winged kings and queens that will fly off on humid nights to start new nests).
The colony structure varies between species, some species have a single queen and a single nest (relatively easy to control), others many have multiple nests containing multiple queens. Such colonies have been known to spread over tens of kilometres!
The different species have different food preferences; some prefer sugar, some protein and other fat / oil. From a control point of view this is important as we need to choose the most attractive bait for the species causing the problem. But ants can also change their preferences throughout the year, making it even more challenging. Nevertheless ant baits are the best way to get complete colony control by targeting all members of the colony, especially the queen.
A word or warning... spraying ants with a household insecticide aerosol will only kill the ants you can see, it won't kill the ants back in the nest. The problem will return. Also by spraying the ants with household insecticides before giving us a call can actually make our job more difficult - not only does it disturb the ants but consumer aerosols tend to be repellent to ants, making it more difficult for ant baits to work (when we need to attract them to an area).
So if you have an ant infestation that won't go away, just give us a call...