Ants | Pest Control | Facts
Quality information about ants, ant bait and ant pest control methods by Micropest Pest Control Sydney. Over the years we have tried many ant control methods. Some were OK and some were just plain ineffective. If you track the ants to their nest you can spray them. That is all well and good until you find ants nesting in inaccessible areas such as, internal wall cavity's, floor cavity's or roof cavity's.
The most successful ant pest control method I have used over the thirty years I have being in the pest control industry is an ant bait called Advion Gel made by Dupoint. A very clever ant control method.
It comes in a syringe in a gel formulation and a few blobs over a three or four day period the size of a match head are applied directly on the ant track. It is very palatable and they start eating it straight away taking it back to the nest where ever it may be. Eventually killing off the nest. Advion Gel ant control eradicates both protein and sugar eating ants.
Ever since man began studying insect life the ant in all its varieties has excited wonder and admiration. As an example of how to organise and administer a society the ants leave humans way behind.
As we mentioned in the earlier, there is a considerable confusion between termites and ants. This stems largely from their very similar social systems. They both live in highly organised colonies. They both have a Queen, a King, workers and soldiers. From here on however, ants and termites are totally different.
Most ants are regarded as pests rather than dangers although they can transfer disease by moving from dirty areas on to food. The ant everyone treats with respect - the bull ant - grows up to 20mm long, is very aggressive and can inflict a very painful sting. Fortunately they do not often enter buildings.
Ants in Sydney Australia may be roughly separated into two groups - brown and black.
Of the brown ants, the Argentine are the most publicised. They infest areas by the million and are a major pest problem. It is usually compulsory to consult the health authorities or obtain professional advice if Argentine ants are suspected. They nest in cracks and crevices and pot plants. On the move, they travel in a narrow line. Sweet foods are their favourite but meats, insects, seeds, fruits - even oiled clothes will attract them.
When crushed, Argentine ants give off no odour which, considering their numbers, is just as well!!
Most ants are very similar in appearance and it would take an expert with a microscope to tell them apart. They tend to congregate wherever food is left exposed - especially meat - and many of them have a great liking for sweet things.
Apart from the Argentine ants which can cause major problems ants are really more of a nuisance than a danger: Simple hygienic precautions and common-sense in food storage are usually enough to discourage them.
The most common varieties are the Darwin, the Odorous (which smells when crushed), the Pharaoh`s, the Coastal brown and the Black ants.
The ant colony is a highly organised society In reproductive form ants are winged and they mate in the air This is too much for the poor male who dies shortly afterwards. The female, or Queen now digs a hole in the ground to lay her eggs. When the young hatch, they are very small. The Queen does not feed them herself although they live off secretions from her salivary glands. Worker ants forage for the Queen who then lays very large numbers of eggs. She may live for up to 15 years.
As the colony expands, soldiers develop to protect it. The workers move larvae and pupae around the nest to maintain suitable conditions for them. They are also responsible for foraging for food and tending the Queen. Their life span is usually about twelve months.
The worker and soldier ants are sexually undeveloped females. When the Queen dies one of them is selected and specially fed. When ready she takes over as the new Queen. With the growth of the colony reproductive's appear and these leave the nest during the colonising flight to form new colonies elsewhere.