ValleyPest – Experts in
Ant Control

Servicing the NSW Mid North Coast

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If Ants Are Driving You Mad, Pick Up the Phone Now and Call Us

 

At ValleyPest we take Ant Control Seriously

Effective control of ants often relies on a knowledge of their foraging and nesting habits. At the broad level, a knowledge of the nesting habits and feeding habits of important pest species can be helpful. More specifically, where a given infestation is being treated, a thorough survey and inspection should be carried out. By following trails — particularly, where possible, those of workers loaded with food — the location of the nest, either approximately or precisely, may be determined. Direct treatment of the nest, where possible, can provide the most effective, longer-term control. Alternatively, the use of chemical barriers that interfere between the nest and possible food sources is often effective.

Why ants are considered pests

Ants are often regarded as ‘nuisance’ pests in and around buildings. Small mounds resulting from their excavations may be considered unsightly along garden paths, on balconies, and around skirting boards and architrave bases. Occasionally, such excavations under paths may be sufficiently extensive as to cause cracks in older paths. Trailing of the ants themselves, in and around buildings, is considered unsightly by many. Where plants are grown, ants may attack and damage or consume seeds and seedlings. Swarming may occur
Within premises, and this may prove particularly disturbing to occupants.

As well as general ‘nuisance’ aspects, ants may present a health risk. There are known instances of ants mechanically carrying, on their bodies or in their digestive tract, disease organisms causing dysentery, and a variety of pathogenic bacteria, including salmonella. As ants commonly scavenge in kitchens and other food-handling areas, as well as in garbage cans, dog excrement and other possible sources of disease organisms, their p0tential for transmitting diseases to humans should not be overlooked. Such a threat to health can be very serious in the case of severe infestations in hospitals. In addition to the health threat posed and nuisance aspects, some ants may bite or sting humans.

Ant Control

Worried about ant infestations on your property? Call Us 1300 072 407

Free Inspection

Completed so we can identify the species, conducive conditions and the level of infestation

Safe Treatments

When pesticides are required, we only use the latest, most effective and safest available

Full Report

Post service you will be advised of treatment effectiveness and expected outcomes

Easy Payment

For your convenience, we are set up to be able to receive any type of payment

Common Ant Species

  • 1.5—2.5 mm. Light yellowish brown to darker brown. 2 raised nodes on pedieel, hind node more rounded. 1 pair of small spines on hind part of thorax. Has 2 workers castes: those with enlarged, darkened head (‘major’ workers, sometimes called soldiers), and numerous smaller minor workers.

  • 1.5—2.0 mm. Light yellowish brown to darker brown. Tap and tip of abdomen slightly darker. 2nodes on the pedicel. No spines on thorax. Antennae clubbed with 3 enlarged- segments. No odour when crushed.

  • 2.5—3 mm. Black with pale tarsi. No nodes present on one segmented pedicel. Commonly nests indoors and outdoors. Nests found around paths and rockeries, inside cavity walls, behind skirtings and architraves.

    Feeding habits: Somewhat general feeder, eating meats and sweets. Probably prefers sweets.

  • 2.5-3mm and Black. Most commonly nests outside, against paths, in rockeries and other crevices. May nest in cavity walls and sometimes indoors or in subfloor areas.

    Feeding habits: Eats a variety of food materials, but prefers sweets.

  • 7.0—12.0 mm. Colour variable. Distinct single node on pedicel. Smooth, evenly rounded thorax. Circle of tiny hairs at end of abdomen. Nesting habits: Most commonly nests in decayed or moist wood. Sometimes nests in soil. May travel great distances for food. Mostly associated with bushy areas.

    Feeding habits: Forages mostly at night. Eats dead and live insects, honeydew from sap suckers and a variety of household wastes. Attracted to sweets.

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