Interesting Facts:
  • There are more than 12,000 species of ants.
  • An ant can lift 20 times its own body weight.                      
  • Harvester queen ants can live for 30 years!
  • Ants "hear" by feeling vibrations through their feet.
  • Foraging ants leave pheromone trails to know where they’ve been.
  • Ants dont have lungs but breathe through tiny holes in their sides.
Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies that may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. Larger colonies consist mostly of sterile, wingless females forming castes of "workers", "soldiers", or other specialised groups. Nearly all ant colonies also have some fertile males called "drones" and one or more fertile females called "queens". The only places lacking indigenous ants are Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands.                                                                                                                                           
 
What you can do to control ants:
 
Pest proofing by sealing off entry points is often a very effective way to keep them out. This can be a more permanent solution to ant control.
 
Landscaping affects the strength of the colony, and ants prefer dry, patchy struggling lawns and flower beds. Keeping these healthy and not cutting the grass too short will help to keep ant populations down. 
 
Sanitation is necessary and involves packing food away immediately and sealing them in tight containers. Clean up spilled food and mess immediately.  
 
Baits are carried by the ants to the nests, essentially using the ants to kill their own colonies. Mixtures such as Borax and sugar work well, but this requires the correct mixture rate so that the ants do not die before reaching their nests. 
 
Sprays are generally short term solutions, as this is usually done on the foraging ants, which will just be replenished by the queen. The nest must be eradicated.
 
Other control methods may include cloves, bay leaves, coffee, cinnamon, citrus oil, cayenne pepper, turmeric, lavender oil, talcum powder and diatomaceous earth.
DIY ANT BAIT RECIPE - BORAX
Mix one cup warm water with ½ cup sugar and 3 tablespoons borax. Soak it up with cotton balls and place them in shallow dishes near ant trails. Resist the urge to kill all the ants you see.

 

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What we can do to control ants:

Outdoor treatments
We can apply a water-soluble insecticide to the outer walls and surrounding areas, and including the yard using a tank to provide the sufficient amount of chemical needed. This is an effective short-term knockdown, but is affected by the weather and so is short-lived.
 
Interior residual treatments
Usually combined with the outdoor treatment, the sprays are applied to common problem areas and contain a longer residual action. But do not be alarmed if ant activity increases, as this is due to their hypersensitivity and is temporary, usually a few days.
 
Ant bait treatments
We make use of revolutionary gel and granular baits that have a time delay action, allowing the baits to be taken back to the nests. These are non-toxic, have no odour and can be done with minimal disruption.