Our Pest or Ant Control Plan will effectively shut down ants, and other pests, and the Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland Services 1987 advanced solutions adapt with seasonal pest activity to give you year-round ant protection.
Ant issues are one of the more common complaints heard by pest control specialists. Ants invade the house to find food or seek shelter.
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Ants are very social creatures, so seeing one ant – likely means a lot more are nearby. Therefore, killing some ants won’t take care of the problem. Effective ant control often requires finding and treating the entire colony properly. Throughout West Auckland, North Shore, Eastern bays, South Auckland, and Hibiscus Coast, Steam ‘n’ Dry is ready to do the work.
All ants live in colonies, consisting of an egg-laying female (queen), short-lived males, and workers (sterile females). The ants you see foraging in your garden or kitchen are workers. Furthermore, workers that find food communicate with other workers by depositing a chemical message on the substrate as they crawl back to the nest. Although we cannot smell it, this “trail pheromone” sticks to the substrate for extended periods; which helps other ants find the food at the end of the trail.
A good ant control technician will find out where that trail ends.
In spring, ants develop wings and fly to new locations, invading homes to forage for food or establishing a new nest. They warm during the spring and look similar to flying ants. You may need a magnifying glass to examine ant features. Ant Control Auckland Steam ‘n’ Dry guarantees quality service. Kill ants in areas of North Shore, East, West, South Auckland City.
As a group, ants have a comprehensive food range, feeding on sweet foods, greasy materials, starchy substances, wood, and all kinds of plant and animal materials. Part of the reason ants become a nuisance in Pest Control Auckland homes is that they often like the same types of food that we do. Thus, it is an excellent reason to apply proper ant control treatment.
The control strategy that you should take depends on your type of infestation. Thus, it is practical to seek a pest control professional like Steam ‘n’ Dry Auckland.
Ants that live outside will travel inside the house to search for food. Some species may ultimately reside at home, discussed later in this fact sheet. To prevent both of these scenarios, follow these necessary ant control procedures:
Bait treatments and insecticides can control ants. Effective baits in areas where ants frequently eat and be taken back to the nest. There are several different kinds of baits available, and you may have to do a little trial-and-error to find the appropriate bait. Because the ants must get back to the nest for adequate ant control, this strategy may be incompatible with insecticide sprays which may kill worker ants before they can get back to the nest with the bait. The successful use of bait may take several weeks or more.
Yes, some types of ants nest inside your home, instead of merely entering to forage for food and returning outdoors. Ants in this category may be present year-round, although they will be more active in the warmer months. All ants may infest food products. Spraying a residual insecticide to control foraging workers may provide only short-term control. Even if insecticide sprays kill 99% of foraging workers, ant colonies can quickly and easily rebuild to original numbers. Location and destruction of the nest is the most direct way to eliminate this ant infestation.
Ant control baits, described above, can be a useful tool in eradicating inside-the-home ant nests, although baits may not work as well with carpenter ants as the other species mentioned. Again, ant workers must eat the bait, take it back to the nest, and feed to the queen and larval ants. This type of ant control is incompatible with treatments that prevent workers from returning to the nest with the bait.
Unlike other home-inhabiting ants, carpenter ants cause structural damage to wood by tunnelling and nesting inside wood structures. However, they rarely nest in sound wood, but consistently invade wet wood that has begun to decay. Carpenter ants are large (about 3/8 to 1/2″ long) and black or red. Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland services provide bed bug elimination ants, cockroaches, fleas, flies, carpet beetle, wasps, spiders, dust mites, and rodent control services since 1987. Throughout West Auckland, North Shore, Eastern bays, South Auckland and Hibiscus Coast.
The best way to control carpenter ants that inhabit a dwelling is to find the nest and destroy it. Insecticide sprays inside the house will kill some of the worker ants. However, unless the entire ant nest treated, the queen continues to produce additional members of the colony. Locating a nest can be difficult, because nests may be in locations within the walls or roof rafters. At this point, some homeowners may prefer to work with a professional pest control company. The most likely places to find carpenter ant nests are where wood is wet and weathered; such as rotting timbers about the foundation, window sills, porches, around leaky plumbing, and in rafters under a leaky roof.
Carpenter ants are most active in the evening hours foraging for all kinds of food, both inside the house and outside. By following the ants, you may be able to tell where the nest is because carpenter ants keep the tunnelled galleries very clean and push the sawdust and dead insect parts out small holes in the wood. A small, fresh pile of sawdust under the timber is the most common sign of an active carpenter ant nest. Once a nest is located, treatment is easy with either a cloud of insecticide dust or spray. Injection of insecticide into wall voids or the nest itself may be necessary to ensure complete ant control.
To prevent further carpenter ant infestations, trim all trees and bushes to branches. Therefore, they do not touch the house and correct moisture problems such as leaky roofs and plumbing. Paint and seal off exposed wood construction. Replace ant-infested wood previously, rotted, or water-damaged wooden parts of the structure and eliminate wood/soil contacts. Remove dead stumps on the property and store firewood off the ground.
Ants are a major annoyance to homeowners and can be quite challenging to control. Do not underestimate the importance of proper sanitation to eliminate food sources. Although good hygiene alone will not control an ant infestation.
Albeit said, “We do not like sharing our homes with ants or other pests, they are beneficial organisms in the balance of nature. In nature, ants greatly reduce the amount of dead and decaying plant and animal organic matter. They also aerate the soil with their nests. Many ant species have a fondness for honeydew that aphids produce from feeding on plants. Large numbers of ants crawling on a plant may be a sign of serious aphid infestation.”
Thus, controlling ants with a combination of proper sanitation, removing pheromone trails, caulking entry points, and eliminating the active nests is necessary. Also, the insecticide sprays and baits used to kill foraging ants and destroy nests. Strategies designed to prevent further infestations used in conjunction with your chemical ant control treatment are as well recommended.
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Experienced, researched, and written by Graeme Stephens. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician 2001, with over 34 years of disinfecting, cleaning, and pest control Auckland services experience.
Last Updated: 25 Jan 2021