22 Jan The Ant Invasion & How to Deal With Them This Year
The Ant Invasion & How to Deal With Them This Year
With Summer in full swing, the invasion of ants into our homes and units is something we have to deal with on an annual basis. Ants are tiny scavengers when it comes to food. They’re not fussy eaters and are attracted to all sorts of food sources. During dry spells ants also tend to come inside homes searching for water.
Ant species in Australia range from yellow crazy ants to green head ants, but one of the most common is the black house ant. Black house ants are most commonly found species of ant. They are brown to brownish-black in appearance (hence the name) and can range from 3mm long (worker ant) to 9mm long (only the queen reaches this length). Black house ants will most likely live in the soil, but they also nest under the bark of trees; under rocks/stones; under grass; under cement slabs; in the cracks found in the foundation of buildings; in roofs or walls of buildings; and in the hollows of decayed trees.
Blackhouse ant colonies can vary in size, but the longer the colony has been established, the bigger it is in size and the stronger the ant workers are. Black ants won’t hesitate to enter your home and look for sweet foods, fruits and vegetables, other dead insects and more. Any foods not properly stored will be the target of the colony as they use their antennae to smell food trails and communicate with one another. Yet, what makes them incredibly annoying is that ants will enter your home looking to collect food, take it back to their nest, return to your home, and repeat the process over and over again. This means that once an ant invasion starts, it’s incredibly difficult to stop it yourself.
If ants have yet to take over your home or complex, there are preventative methods you can take, including:
- Regularly clean your kitchens, dishes, countertops and dining tables from crumbs and food scraps
- Put sugary foods in the fridge, not the pantry
- Remove possible places they can establish their colony, like stones, dead trees, etc.
- Find interior and exterior cracks and other possible openings that would allow ants to enter your home
- Speak to your body corporate committee and discuss having the common areas of the building treated by a qualified pest control contractor.
We encourage all of our homeowners & tenants to deal with any ant issues before they become a bigger problem for you or your neighbours. Take these simple steps to reduce their annual invasion and if the problem persists call in the professionals.