One of the most persistent pests our clients come across is the Black House Ant. A large number of calls and queries come through our office daily, with customers asking, “How do I get rid of ants?”
Many believe that ants can’t be controlled or fully eradicated.
An interesting ants fact is that ants will be more active just before rain.
This is because when it’s humid, the queen anticipates rain and sends her flying ants out to seek another location to nest. Whether in soil, rocks, shrubs, rotting logs, high up in trees or in your home or business, the ant colony can cause an unsightly mess. With the humidity upon us and a change in season, you’ll see many ants marching indoor.
There are several ways to help protect your family and your business from an ant infestation:
- Trim overhanging branches and bushes against walls – they offer a highway to your home and easy access to your kitchen and high moisture areas.
- Removal of unused internal and external food and water – rubbish bins, kitchen food preparation/waste areas, and food containers must be well maintained to prevent ant infestation. Compost bins, pet food and drip trays can encourage ants to forage in these high-risk areas so it is important to ensure they are constantly cleaned out.
Ant control treatments can be applied with liquid, dust or granular insecticides. Baits are also effective against certain types of ants. However, the most effective ant treatment is finding the ants nest and killing the queen, as this will get rid of your ant problem at the root. Professional pest controllers are able to quickly and effectively find nests so leave this job to the professionals at Amalgamated Pest Control.