Eradicating Ant Infestations

Published: 23rd April 2010
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An ant infestation in a home or on a property can be a real nuisance. Ants, while not always harmful, can be destructive to property. They can cause damage by building mounds or disturbing pavement. Ants offer protection and care for other pests such as aphids, which may allow these pests to cause greater damage. The most common types of ants in Australia include species such as the: green-headed ant, meat ant, green tree ant, sugar ant, and jumper ant. Regardless of the ant species of severity of infestation, pest control Brisbane can help.

One of the most prevalent pests found in and around homes, ants can be an irritating nuisance. Ants can cause damage by building mounds or disturbing pavement; they also carry diseases and can spoil products. Some species can sting, bite, or cause severe allergic reactions. When ants are a problem, pest control may be the solution.

Ant Control Methods -
There are three basic strategies or methods that can be utilized to successfully treat ant problems. These three methods include: inspection, chemical treatments, and baiting. An inspection is the first step in controlling an ant problem because it is vital that the ant species be correctly identified. Each ant species has a propensity for certain foods and nesting conditions. A pest inspector can accurately determine which species is causing the problems thereby allowing for easier location of the ant's nesting area.

Once the ant's nesting area is located, chemical treatments or baiting can be used to eradicate the ant infestation. Both of these methods have advantages and disadvantages. Chemical treatments provide continuous protection because they can act as a barrier preventing future infestations. These liquid or dry powder treatments are safe for humans and pets. The effectiveness of this treatment will depend on the type of chemical used and the placement of the treatment.

Baiting works indirectly to annihilate the ant infestation. The bait used and the location of its placement will depend on the species of ant. Bait will be carried back to the nest, and the ants will feed on the bait. Over time, the ant colony will begin to die. However, bait will not eradicate the ant infestation immediately and may have to be replaced periodically.

What You Can Do -
Even though ants do play an important role in the natural food web, their presence in and around a property can be annoying and sometimes destructive. There are some preventative measures that property owners can take to proactively combat ant infestations. Reducing the food sources available for ants is important. Ensuring that rubbish is in properly sealed bags and cleaning up spills immediately are both crucial to preventing ant infestations. Another measure is maintaining the vegetation around the building. When vegetation is allowed to touch the building or its eaves or gutters, the potential for an ant infestation increases.
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