Pest Control – Ant Baits
Ants are a social insect – most ant pest species found in Victoria are advanced social
insects – multiple queens, kings, workers and winged reproductives. Ants live in permanent colony nests located in a variety of habitats – in the soil, in timber, under pavers, in wall cavities and roof void spaces of buildings. Ants may travel large distances in search of food, even a very clean kitchen or pantry can provide a ready food source for ants.
Ants can be a nuisance pest, as some of the ant pest species can inflict a painful bite. However, most ants are only a nuisance pest when they infest pantries, kitchens and BBQ areas in large numbers.
Correct Ant Species Identification for Pest Control
Get Rid Of Ants:
Correct identification of the particular pest species of ant is vital to implementing a control program. Some species nest in the ground, others are more likely find a home in your roof void or wall cavity.
If you have ants inside the building, RIP Termite & Pest Control Services applies Goliath® Liquid Ant Bait to ant nesting locations found inside a wall cavity, around electrical junction boxes and in the roof void spaces of your home or commercial building. Goliath® Liquid Ant Bait is sugar rich and contains fipronil, with a formulation designed to be highly attractive to carbohydrate feeding ants, and is of extremely low toxicity to humans, dogs, cats and other mammals.
For external areas RIP Termite & Pest Control Services applies TERMIDOR For Ant Control liquid treatment to obvious ant nesting sites and trailing areas. We use the latest technology in ant treatment methods – a professional product containing high levels of sugar and fipronil. The new highly palatable formulation is designed to ensure foraging ants can’t detect the powerful insecticide active. This results in rapid transfer back to the nest and ultimately total colony control. Irresistible to foraging ants, which cannot detect the insecticide active, and maintaining both its attractiveness and activity over an extended period, the bait is readily consumed. It is then rapidly transferred back to the nest to feed the entire colony through the communal food sharing behaviour of trophallaxis and the trusted Goliath Transfer Effect™ characteristics, leading to unsurpassed colony control. A range of ant baits are available, depending on whether the ant pest species are sugar feeders or protein eaters.
Locating the colony nest is not always possible as the ants may nest in concealed locations. However, where the ant nest can be located then Termidor For Ant Control spray can be used directly into the burrow and the colony nests. Effective ant eradication is then assured.
Ant Pest Species commonly found in Victoria
White-footed house ant
The worker of the white-footed house ant is approximately 2.7mm in length, the body is black in color and the ant has yellow feet.
Colonies of white-footed house ants often contain many satellite colony nesting sites spread over a wide area. The white-footed ant colony may contain several million workers and many queens. White-footed house ants prefer sweet tasting food such as sugar and soft drinks.
Nesting sites are commonly found outdoors, in the ground, in trees, as well as in buildings, wall cavities, roof voids, architraves and fireplaces, The white-footed house ant can also infest (and short-circuit) air conditioners.
Odorous house ant
The odorous house ant is approximately 2 to 3 mm in length, black to brown in colour. If crushed, this ant has a distinct rotten odour, hence its name.
Odorous house ant colonies can contain more than 10,000 workers and several reproductive queens used to establish subsidiary colonies. Nesting sites are commonly found outdoors, in the soil and under the base of trees. Odorous house ant colony nests in the soil are usually shallow, situated under a stone, pavers or other flat objects.
The odorous house ant can also nest under buildings and inside wall cavities, particularly if there is a regular moisture source available. Check out for moisture problems from faulty plumbing, leaking shower recess, broken guttering and roof tiles.
Coastal brown ant
Coastal brown worker ants are approximately 2 to 3 mm in length. Nesting sites are found in wall cavities, garden beds and sub-floor areas
Ant Baiting Carpenter ants can vary in colour, from black through dark brown to a brownish orange. The workers are approximately 6 to 12 mm in length.
Carpenter ants often enter buildings to nest and forage. They excavate their nests in wood (hence the name “carpenter” ants), creating smooth tunnels and
galleries. Carpenter ant colonies may exceed 100,000 workers, with multiple queens and satellite nesting sites. These ants can travel long distances in search of food.
Carpenter ants prefer to build their nests in open areas, in moist wood, in the soil, in twigs and branches. However they can also infest and damage timbers in buildings.
Bulldog ant / Bull ant
Bulldog ants also known as Bull Ants are approximately 10 to 20mm in length. These ants prefer to nest in garden or forest areas.
Bulldog / Bull ants have a nasty painful bite, so you’d be better off to leave them alone and contact RIP Termite & Pest Control Services.
The cost for RIP Termite & Pest Control Services for ants
The cost for RIP pest control of ants using ant baits liquid insecticide spray will depend on the ant species, the size of your property, the extent of the ant infestation, as well as the ease of access. Service warranty period may also vary due to ant pest species, the severity of the infestation and environmental factors that may make a re-infestation more likely. Please call RIP Termite & Pest Control Services on 1300 371 708 for a FREE quotation.
Consumer Protection Advice – Pesticide Safety
Be wary of very cheap prices for ant control – check which pesticides are to be used. The far cheaper, less effective, solvent based pesticides can be harmful in premises where occupants may suffer from asthmatic or other bronchial ailments.
Be careful when selecting a pest controller, make sure they have the experience and the knowledge of ant pest species or ant control pesticides.