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Ant Pest Control

Budget Pest Control provide professional, effective and quality ant pest control treatments and solutions for the interior, exterior and yard of your home or business.

Ants have been in existence for more than 100 million years and they can be found almost everywhere on the planet. According to antbase.org there are currently 14,097 ant species world wide. Australia has approximately 1300 know ant species so far. Ants are part of the family of social insects and live in colonies that can range in size from a few dozen to several thousand. There are documented cases of super colonies with multiple queens and millions of worker ants.

Ants have a very important role in nature as they act as decomposes for both organic and natural watse. They turn and aerate the soil allowing water and and oxygen to reach plant roots and also often take seeds into their tunnels which eventually sprout.

Australia has many native ant species ranging in size from 1-2 mm in length up to 18-20 mm in length. however their are a few introduced pest species that can be destructive and also refereed to Tramp Ants as they destroy and kill native ant species. Some of the biggest introduced pest ants to Perth are:

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Introduced Ant Species Western Australia

 

The feeding habits of ants vary between species with come preferring sweet foods while others are protein feeders. Adult ants  feed only on liquid which they extract from plants or their prey. They pass this liquid onto other ants that stay in the nests. Solid foods are for the larvae. The table below shows the preferred food types of introduced species.

 

Why are ants such Pests?

Ants can become a pest for many reasons. they can get into your home looking for food and in some cases even nest in carpets, walls or other areas. They are also known to undermine paved areas like driveways and foot paths due to removing large amounts of dirt from in between and under the pavers.

Ants and other garden pests like aphids, scale and mealy bug are common sap sucking insects that work hand in hand. Ants feed off the honeydew that is excreted by these pests. The ant will actively defend them and also pick them up and place them on the plants spreading the infestation and possible diseases from plant to plant. The ants can also over aerate the soil in your garden causing the ground to dry out too quickly killing your plants and garden.  Your lawn can also suffer significantly if ant populations get out of hand. While building their nests the ants cause damage to the roots and you are left with unsightly mound and sickly looking lawn.

 

HANDY HINTS

If you do get ants inside your home:

1)   Follow the trail back to their entry point and seal it off.

2) Check and wipe down any bench tops to remove any trace of sticky residue.

3) Ensure all food items at covered and stored correctly.

4) Trim trees back away from your home regularly

5) Empty bins Regularly

Common Ant species Identification

 

Introduced Ant Species:

Coastal Brown Ants or Big Headed Ants (Pheidole Megacephala)

The Coastal Brown Ant sometimes called big headed ants is an introduced species originally from Africa.  

Unlike most ant species coastal brown ants can have multiple Queens and create colonies that are all part of the one nest.

Description:

♦  Coastal Brown Ants prefer protein food sources

♦  Light yellow brown to dark brown in colour

♦  Small minor workers length 1.5-3mm

♦  Larger major workers length 3.5-4.5 mm with massive darker heads.

♦  Creates many ant mounds in close proximity to each other

 

Argentine ant (Linepithema humile)

♦  Argentine ants are slender and 2.6-3.2 mm in length

♦  Argentine ants are brown to black in color.

♦  Argentine ants have one node between the thorax and the abdomen.

♦  Argentine ants have a slight greasy burnt coconut smell when smashed.

♦  Argentine ants are readily capable of moving their colonies.

♦  Argentine Ants work side by side with honeydew producing garden pests such as aphids and mealy bug.

Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta)

WARNING –  Highly Aggressive Ant Species

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Red Imported Fire Ants

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Red Imported Fire Ants Swarming

Red Imported Fire Ant Stings

Features of the fire ant

  • Vary in size from 2–6mm long
  • Coppery brown with a dark abdomen
  • Painful sting
  • Aggressive
  • Nests are mounds of loose soil with no obvious entry/exit point

White Footed House Ant (technomyrmex difficilis)

  • Black with pale segments (not obvious) on its legs
  • Abdomen is heart shaped when viewed from above
  • 2.5 – 3mm long.
  • Can sometimes be found behind electrical switches
  • Nest on outdoors around paths and rockeries or within buildings in wall voids or cupboards, skirting etc.
  • Common in urban areas
  • Varied feeding habits but is attracted by sugary foods.

Bulldog Ant (mymecia)

  • Red or black 18 – 20mm long
  • Nest outdoors in soil or under logs and rocks
  • Nests are usually large and obvious, often with multiple entries.
  • More common in rural or semi-rural areas
  • Characteristic large eyes
  • Eat insects, seeds, fruit, honeydew and nectar.

Our Treatment Options

Our ant treatments are proven to be effective. We use non repellent chemicals which means the ants do not detect the chemical. Fipronil Ant Control is applied to the outside of your home along the exterior. (although it is not a barrier because that would trap the ants indoors). Once the ants walk through the chemical they will get the chemical on their feet and once they enter the nest, the chemical is brought with them. This means that the ants who haven’t walked through the chemical will die as well.

For more information about our treatments or would like to book in a service Call us on 9470 6766 or email us info@budgetpest.com.au 

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