Ants: The 2 most common ants in Western Australia are:
The Black Ant: No surprises here, they are small and black. Sized at around 2.5-3mm, Male black ants have wings and so do the woman until they finish mating and become a reproductive queen ant. There are also worker ants and soldier ants that’s roles are to gather food and feed the larvae to keep the chain going. This is why it is most common to find these little pests hard at work in your kitchen. Ants work in long trails from the nest to the food source and make their way through holes and cracks in brickwork, under doors, through window frames and any point of entry they can find.
What you can do to prevent Black Ants: Re-think leaving that piece of muffin on the bench for later because black ants especially love the sweet stuff, always remember to keep bench tops and surfaces clean and if you’re cooking be sure to remove any crumbs and scraps that can sometimes be left behind. Even just a little spill of juice or cool drink can be enough to attract these hard working insects. If you have a waste bin inside your kitchen cupboard, try to empty it at the end of each day.
Black Ant breeding Facts: The queen black ant lays small oval eggs, Once these eggs hatch they are fed by the adult ants and begin to moult and pupate (turn into adults).
What Protector Pest Control can do: As you can see by reading the information above, the most important factor to eliminating ants is to attack the entire colony, using a chemical called Termidor the active ants are sprayed (the soldiers and worker ants) this diseases the ants and while they are doing their all-important job of carrying food back to the nest they create a chain reaction and trace all the way back to the source! A blanket spray is generally administered around the perimeter of the home. Other treatments such as Ant Gel can be used within problem areas of the home, Dupont Advion gel works in a very similar way to Termidor, It delays mortality and encourages ants to consume the bait and return to the harbourage to contaminate other ants.
The Brown Coastal Ant: These ants are around 1.5-2.5mm long and true to their name they are small and brown, the soldiers are known for their big heads. Their signature is digging up and throwing out soils in driveways & paths. It is also common for them to infest wall cavities and leave a pile of debris at the nest entrance. These big-headed ants nest underground and can also be found in disturbed soils, in the lawn, flower beds and under objects such as bricks, flower pots, and along the base of trees and walkways. This species has two types of workers one which is almost double the size of the others with large mandibles used to crush seeds and other small objects.
Brown Coastal Ant breeding Facts: The brown coastal ant has been nominated one of the hundred World’s Worst Invaders due to their extremely rapid reproduction (queens can lay up to 290 eggs per month) and formation of super colonies by budding and creating a new colony nearby without swarming. The brown coastal ants are known to feed on sap and even the larvae of other insects to protect their own source of food.
What you can do to prevent Brown Coastal Ant: Unfortunately there is not a lot that can be done through D.I.Y Brown Coastal treatments however you can purchase products from your local hardware store and try to eradicate the problem yourself before contacting a professional.
What Protector Pest Control can do: The treatment for Brown Coastal Ants is generally identical to the treatment for Black Ants (as listed above) but is more intensive and is usually a wider area due to the level of infestation and disruption that the insects cause. Although it may look like the creatures are going to carry away your house Protector Pest Control has a fast an effective solution for you!