When asked, most people assume rodents, cockroaches, or even spiders are the most common form of pest infestation, but they’d be wrong. It’s ants! Ants are as old as the dinosaurs. In other words, they’re born survivors. Getting rid of an ant infestation is tricky but not impossible. At Blue Chip Termite & Pest Control, we have years of experience when it comes to ant control, and if you’ve got an ant problem that needs solving in Brisbane, then you’ve definitely come to the right place.
What Attracts Ants?
Ants are attracted to properties for three reasons — water, food, and nesting. If there’s food or water on your property, an ant will find it. Once they have a regular supply of food and water, word soon gets around and you’ll have a literal army of ants invading your home to help return the spoils of their conquest to their nest. Ants live in colonies, so if you spot a few, you know there’s a thousand more waiting around the corner.
Common Hiding Places of Ants
Ants are small, so there’s a multitude of ways they can gain entry to your property. The most minute of cracks will give the opportunistic ant all the access it needs. Once in, ants are notoriously difficult to shift. You can bet your bottom dollar there’ll be a nest somewhere nearby, and as worker ants can live up to seven years and the queen as long as 15 years, you’ve got a real long-term problem on your hands.
The most common ants we see are black house ants in your gardens and around your house walls. We also commonly see coastal brown ants in bathrooms and kitchens, usually on your benchtops when food is left out. Coast brown ants will usually respond to a sugar-based bait in conjunction with a wall cavity insecticide dusting on suitable house types.
Why Ants Cause Problems
Ants may be small but don’t for a minute think they are harmless. Ants on your property look unsightly but they can also trigger an individual’s allergies. If you spot signs of an ant infestation, it’s always better to be safe than sorry and call the ant pest control experts in immediately.
How We Deal With Ants
Getting rid of ants starts with understanding them. For example, understanding what their food preference is, whether it be proteins or sugars, oils/fats or carbohydrates. At different times of the year, some ants change their food preference based on what the colony needs at that time. This means we go treat one type of ant with a specific bait in one property but the same type of ants at the next property won’t take that bait as its colony needs a different type of nutrient.
At Blue Chip Termite & Pest Control, we know from experience that a simple surface spray is not enough to ensure long-term ant control. That’s why once we establish the type of ant responsible for the infestation, we can tailor the bait to that specific species. We also use specialist ant sprays for outdoor areas, house walls, and internal walls.
Our ant treatments involve a full perimeter wall spray, including all eaves and any garden areas surrounding the house. The spray is non-repellent, meaning the ant has no idea it is there and then proceeds to pass it on to other ants. Once enough of the colony has been affected by the chemical, the colonies around the property will be greatly reduced in number and some colonies will even be eradicated.
Our ant spays only use the finest quality chemicals and can also be used outdoors for spiders and cockroaches. Inside the house, we will use a different spray and also dust any wall cavities and roof voids. From start to finish, the entire process can take up to one month for the chemicals to give their full effectiveness.
If you want to halt the march of the ants in their tracks before they completely take over your property, get in touch with Blue Chip Termite & Pest Control today to see how we can help.