Getting Rid of Ants from your home or business.
There are over a thousand known Ant species in Australia. Knockout Pest Control by Rentokil’s iKnockout pages explains what Ants are, the different types of Ants in Australia and how to get rid of Ant infestations.
How to get rid of ants from your home or business
- Kill off the trail of ants by using a wet soapy sponge or cloth wipe down the ant trail, whilst collecting the ants. Alternately you can spray the trail with an all purpose cleaner/solution and wipe down. Making sure you clean up and collect all ants.
- Kill any individual ants quickly by squishing them to prevent them from communicating back to the Ant nest.
- Exterminate the ants with poisonous bait. Set bait where the ants are active. Watch them swarm it and carry back to nest. You want them to carry it back and kill the colony and the queen.
- Go for the nest or anthill by locating the Nest, and carefully dig the soil to puncture and pour boiling water into nest making sure you use enough to kill entire colony
How to prevent Ants Infesting your home or business
There are many ways to prevent ants from infesting your home or business. Follow these simple steps to prevent Ant infestations.
- Keep your home clean
- Put food in airtight containers
- Wipe down all surfaces
- Keep sink clean
- Put pet food bowls in slightly smaller bowl on a moat of water
- Seal your house securely with seal solution at the entry points
If you think you might have and Ant infestation in your home you will need to contact Knockout Pest Control by Rentokil for a pest inspection.
Ants are eusocial insects of the family Formicidaeand, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants.
Ants are found everywhere, from coastal mangroves to the highest peaks of the Australian Alps. Ant homes can be huge with tens of thousands of workers and extensive mounds, or small with only a handful of workers clustered together in small cavities between rocks or inside twigs.
There are 1,300 species of Ants known in Australia. Below are some of the more commonly known ones:
- Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile)
- Black House Ant (Ochetellus)
- Bulldog Ant (Mymecia)
- Coastal Brown Ant (Pheidole megacephala)
- Fire Ant (Solenopsis spp)
- Garden Ant (Lasius niger)
- Ghost Ant (Tapinoma melanocephalum)
- Green Head Ant (Rhytidoponera spp)
- Odorous House Ant (Tapinoma sessile)
- Pharaoh’s Ant (Monomorium pharaonis)
- Singapore Ant (Monomorium destructor)
- Sugar Ant( Camponotus app)
- Whitefooted House Ant (Technomyrmex difficilis)