Ants favour the warmer conditions and thrive here in Queensland; the common ant has a diverse range of nesting habits from inside your home to around the garden.
The most common ants we encounter in Qld out of the 3000 species of ants known are:
- Argentine ant,(Linepithema humile)
- Pharaoh ant(Monomorium pharaonis)
- Coastal brown ant, (Pheidole megacephala)
- Odorous ant, (Tapinoma minutum)
- Singapore ant, (Monomorium destructor)
- Brown house ant,(Doleromyma darwiniana)
- Whitefooted house ant, (Technomyromex albipes)
- Black house ant, (Ochetellus spp.)
- Carpenter ant, (Camponotus spp.)
- Greenhead ant, (Rhytidoponera spp.)
- Meat ant, (Iridomymex spp.)
- Buldog ant, ()
Ant Identification is the key to a successful control
For most home owners ants become a nuisance when they enter your home, they pose a sanitary risk and are drawn inside usually in search to wide range of foods. Some ants build nests in walls and roof spaces. A few species are known to attack electrical wiring.
Outdoor nesting can be spotted by the piles of soil be deposited on pavers between tiles and brickwork resulting in a mess. Some ants may bite or sting.
Signs of a few ants on floor or in your kitchen cupboards could be a sign of an infestation.
What to look for:
A few ants in the kitchen may be attracted to spills from a jar or food left in the open, its only matter of days before you are over run by them – act now!
Dust particles around the skirting window or from the ceiling will be an indication they are nesting in the roof space or behind the walls.
Piles of dirt been pushed up from between the pavers on you patio, small heaps of dirt on the lawns, these signs are of ant nests or multi-nesters. (More than one colony)
- 3000 species of ants are known in Australia
- Ant colony sizes vary depending on the species
- Ants do have a different feeding habits, some species prefer sugary and honeydew, and others almost any type of food is acceptable.
- There are three castes of ants. Male, Female, Worker.
- Ants communicate by smell – and have excellent sight
- Ant colonies range in size from small as a dozen to millions of ants
Costal Brown Ant
Costal brown ant also called big-headed ants are major pest around properties, they infect lawns, pavers.
They are multi nesters which are interconnected which can form super-colonies, the sting from these ants does not cause discomfort. Costal Brown ants are very active in late summer and early winter.
These ants prefer meat or fat base foods.
Excavations from these ants can be extensive that the brick pavers can become unstable, lawns can become so aerated subsequently die by drying out.
How to keep Ants out
To prevent the risk of an ant infestation to your home.
Clean all spills from jars before putting them away.
Remove all food particles from kitchen tops.
Clear away unused pet food, inside and outside.
Sweep away food bits off the floor.
Use air tight containers to store food.
Just a Few Ant Species
Small about 1.6mm to 3mm long
Light to dark brown in colour
Do not swarm
Do not sting but will bite
Will nest in a range of places
Colonies are very large and contain hundreds of Queens
Their trails are populous
They have multiple nests
Argentine ants reproduce in the nest
Worker ants travel long distances between their nests and food
They are omnivorous, will eat almost anything, have a preference for sweet foods
Argentine ants kill other ant species and invade our homes
About 1.5mm to 3.mm in size
Light yellow to light Brown
Large populated colony, under treat they will form new colonies, multi Queens
Prefers inside, but will see outside as well.
Common to see them in restaurants and hospitals
Will feed on greasy foods and sweets
Black house ant
Small about 2.5mm to 3.00mm in size
Outdoor nests under landscape timbers, rockery, garden beds, inside wall cavities.
Tends to scavenge on food in the kitchen
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