Ants

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Ants

As the majority of ant species prefer sunny climates, our environment is perfect for ants to thrive. Ants are ubiquitous. Out of around 15,000 ant species and subspecies worldwide, Australia has just over 1,300 known species so far. The most familiar ant species in Australia are:

  • Argentine ants (Myrmecia sp.)
  • Black House ant (Ochtellus sp.)
  • Bulldog or bull ants (Myrmecia sp.)
  • Coastal Brown ant (Myrmecia sp.)
  • Garden ant (Lasius niger)
  • Ghost ant (Tapinoma melanocephalum)
  • Pavement ant (Tetramorium caespitum)
  • Pharaoh’s ant (Monomorium pharaonis)
  • Whitefooted house ant (Myrmecia sp.)

Ants can be a particular nuisance when they get into your home. Garden or Black ants aren’t thought to carry diseases, the trouble is you don’t know where they’ve been foraging outside, so you won’t want them marching through your food cupboards. Ants will travel in a wide range searching for food, following trails they have established and clustering around the source of food, becoming a nuisance in homes, organisations and businesses. Small piles of earth around holes in soil and at the base of exterior walls indicate their origin.

  • Track down where they are coming in and seal off the entry point
  • Clear up any sticky residues on worktops, because ants are attracted to sweet things
  • Cover up any foodstuffs which could be a food source for ants

Call Rentokil on 1300 307 576 to talk to an expert about ant control or contact us online.

FACT: Some birds spread their wings on an ant’s nest to get ants in their feathers. It is thought that this is because the ants squirt formic acid that gets rid of bird parasites.

Dealing with Ant Infestations

If you have a larger problem that your usual DIY product cannot resolve, you can rely on our expert pest controllers to clear it up.

Our Pest Control Technicians offer methods of ant control that are targeted to specific species. They can solve the problem quickly and, needless to say, they’re perfectly safe for your family and pets.

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