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.

Ants FAQ

Ants are about as old as dinosaurs!

According to scientific studies, they’ve been inhabiting this planet for potentially 110 to 140 million years. Over their extensive life span on earth, over 13,800 of an estimated total of 22,000 different species have been identified and classified. They have inhabited almost every landmass on Earth, except for Antarctica and a few other remote islands, and have their success attributed to their complex social structures.

  • What do ants eat?

    Ants are classified as omnivores, which means their diet comes from a variety of both plants and animals. Ants are foragers by nature. Worker ants leave the nest in search of food sources, leaving what is called a “chemical trail” (pheromones) which other ants can pick up on, and follow to food sources. Once food is found, the ant will return to the nest, and other ants will work in shifts to follow the trails, retrieve food to bring back to the nest, and lay new chemtrails for the ants to follow (this is often why you see ants travelling in a single line formation, following the exact path of the ones before them).

  • How long do ants live?

    The common black ant can live for up to 15 years, and the Queen ant can even live for double that. The ant goes through a complete metamorphosis in their lifecycle. This has four stages; egg, larva, pupa, and finally adult.

  • How many ants are in a colony?

    Ants form colonies ranging in size from a few dozen, to millions, and are classified as a superorganism. Ant species, their genetics, and what the weather is like where they are located, can all have dramatic influences on the size of a colony. Something called a “Supercolony” can also occur when multiple ant colonies unite.

  • What do ant bites look like?

    Ant bites or stings can range in size, colour, and reaction severity, depending on what species of ant you’ve been bitten by. You may experience reactions to ant bites ranging from small bumps on the skin that can become red and itchy, to more painful reactions like fluid/puss filled blisters.

  • How to get rid of ants naturally?

    It has been said that white vinegar or essential oils can be used in a diluted solution to repel ants. Unfortunately, these natural options don’t really have a lasting effect, and need frequent usage to maintain any repellent qualities.

  • Why do I have ants in my house?

    Finding little black ants in the home is often the result of improper food storage. They will often enter the house in search of food and water supplies. They are quite an opportunistic species, and will seek out crumbs, spoiling food, or liquids that may have been spilled and not cleaned up properly.