Ants


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Ants could go down as some of the hardest working insects on the planet. They are known as workers and definitely punch above their weight, often carrying 10 times their bodyweight. Over 10,000 species of ants are found throughout the world. Ants can be found everywhere from city and rural areas to tropical forests where they can be up to half of all insects found at certain locations.

Some common ants found in Australia include:
  • Yellow Crazy Ant
  • Banded Sugar Ant
  • Meat Ant
  • Argentine Ant
  • Bulldog Ant
  • Jack Jumper Ant
  • Red Bull Ant
  • Tasmanian Inchman
  • Black Ant
  • Green Tree Ant
  • Golden Tailed Spiny Ant
  • Fire Ant
  • Black House Ant

You will usually find that Ants live in a colony or community and will be found underground, on the surface in ant hills (or mounds) and in trees. Some ants, however, prefer not to live in colonies and will seek out their own refuge where food and shelter is available. Ants have a decent lifespan with the Queen of a colony reaching 15 years of age while worker ants, generally the males, can live up to seven years.

HOW TO GET RID OF ANTS


Some common ways to get rid of ants around your home and business include:
  • Boric acid
  • Lemons
  • Flour
  • Vinegar
  • Cinnamon
  • Black pepper
  • Bay leaves

HOW TO PREVENT AN ANT INFESTATION


The easiest way to prevent ants from entering your home is to find out where they are coming from. More often than not you will find ants have built a colony somewhere outside your premises – find the colony and then you can work on finding a solution for your ant problem. Due to their size, ants can find their way into any crevice, crack or gap in your home or business. One way of preventing them from entering is to follow one and find out exactly which path they are taking to get in. It could be through a crack in an exterior wall, gap underneath your door or through a wall. Other ways to prevent ants include cleaning any sticky residue that may be present on benches, floors and walls. Cleanliness is often the best way to prevent many insect problems. Make sure you sweep up any crumbs and either put away, or throw away, any leftover food on kitchen benchtops.

Signs of Ants

The three most common identifiers for ants are as follows:
  • Ant trail
  • Ant mounds
  • Ants themselves

This is a no-brainer when it comes to an ant infestation. If you can see any of the above then it is a sure sign that you have an ant problem. If you do see an ant trail in your home it means the ants have already formed a big colony outside and have found their way into your home. They are now coming and going as they please. The ant mounds are their homes, however, be aware that some species of ants prefer to live underground so you may not find the colony on the surface.

FAQ - ANTS


Q: Ants and termites look similar. What is the difference between the two?

A: Ants have a narrow waist between their abdomen and thorax and that is something that termites don’t have. Ants also have large heads.

Q: What do ants eat?

A: The obvious one here is crumbs which is why you can often find ants carrying off breadcrumbs etc after they have dropped to the ground. Other than that, ants will eat other insects, fungus and nectar.

Q: Why have I found countless ants around my home?

A: Where there is one ant you will usually find many. Ants tend to live in communities that are heavily populated.