Ants

 

Joondalup Pest Control offer ant treatments and ant control to Joondalup and surrounding suburbs.

We provide a written warranty on all ant treatments carried out and use the most effective products to provide ant control for your home or offices.

 

World wide there are over 15 000 species and sub species of ants.

 

Here in Australia we have about 1300 species and sub species.

Ants belong to the order of Hymenoptera and are social insects. They have three distinctive body sections, Head, thorax and abdomen.

 

 

Ants are considered as a pest because they cause nuisance to home owners when they enter the house. They can cause structural problems such as collapsing paving as they mine the sand out from underneath it. They can cause damage to plants and there has even been some recorded instances of them passing on such diseases as Dysentery, Small pox and Salmonella.

 

 

Here are some of the more common ants we encounter in the Perth metropolitan area.

 

COASTAL BROWN ANT

 

Coastal brown ants are fast invading Perth homes and gardens.

A small ant, normally about 1.5 - 2.5 mm in length, that is from a pale yellow brown to a dark brown.

The Coastal brown ant has two  castes, minor & major.

The major castes has a visibly enlarged head, and is not as numerous as the smaller, minor castes. The major caste's job is to break down larger pieces of food with its strong mandibles.

 

The Coastal brown ant prefers food from an animal origin, such as dead insects, and is frequently found around pet bowls scavenging left overs. 

Coastal brown ants often invade homes, and most commonly frequent bathrooms, laundry and kitchens. Another common trademark of the coastal brown ant is the amount of sand they mound up from between pavers.

 

 

 

 

THE ODOROUS ANT

 

The odorous ant is usually 2-3 mm in length. It is a dark brown to black and when crushed has a distinctive odour, similar to rancid butter.

It commonly nests in cavity walls, behind cupboards, stored cartons, and other undisturbed cavity like areas.

The odorous ant has a preference for sweet foods, but will also eat meat, cereals and most household foods.

It rarely swarms in large groups, so frequently only a few ants here and there are seen indoors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE WHITEFOOTED HOUSE ANT

 

The whitefooted house ant is 2.5 - 3mm in length.

A black ant with pale tarsi (the lower leg to foot).

It nests behind skirting boards, architrave's, outdoor paths, rockeries etc. Another general feeder, but prefers sweeter foods.

This ant can be very persistent as they can breed quickly and will simply move their nest if disturbed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK ANTS

 

Several ants fall into the category of the Black ant. Black ants are commonly about 2.5 mm - 3mm.

Black in colour, they generally nest outside, but will also get into cavity walls and roof spaces.

 

Frequently one or two ants may be noticed in the house at first, but if they find something desirable, such as food or water, they may recruit more workers and swarm in the hundreds.

 

Again, this ant prefers sweet foods but will often take whatever is available.

 

 

 

ANT FACTS

 

Ants are social insects living in colonies, ranging in size according to species and environmental factors (Food available, weather conditions etc.) The colony will generally consist of the egg laying queen, major and minor workers and  the eggs, larvae and pupa.

 

The colony usually begins with the single queen, who has flown from her previous home nest and been fertilised by one or several male ants. The male ant will die a few days after fertilisation. After the queen has been fertilised she will find a suitable nesting site, such as a tree stump or under a rock etc.

 

The queen lays a small clutch of eggs and remains with them as they develop from larvae to ants. They will then forage for food and tend to subsequent eggs laid by the queen. Worker ants live for about 40 to 60 days, while a queen ant can live for up to 15 years.

 

TREATMENTS FOR ANTS

 

Due to the various nesting habits, and food preferences of ants, treatments vary from residence to residence.

 

Some treatments may involve treating the roof cavity, indoor treatments and external sprays, while others may require baiting.

Identification of the species is therefore vital, and a lot of money can be wasted by home owners attempting to control the ants themselves, by the use of wrong products.

 

At Joondalup Pest Control, we provide effective treatment and offer a free service period. So if your ants come back after a period of time, so will we.

 

We provide Pest control to Perth and Perth Northern suburbs