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Ants

Ants can be a real problem in and around any residential or commercial dwelling. They are often seen swarming over recycle bins, in the kitchen and/or pantry, actually anywhere food is stored, consumed or prepared. You are right to assume they are attracted to all sugary substances.


White-footed house ants. Ant baits will not effectively control these.

Urbanisation contributes to ant populations. As humans populate regions, concrete paving is incorporated into most residential areas. Inspect concrete surfaces and its likely ant trails will be visible. Ants love concrete; for concrete creates large unobstructed runways leading invariably to food sources. 

If you have an infestation of ants, the species commonly responsible is the White-footed house ant (Technomyrex jocsus). White-footed house ant colonies congregate in a variety of locations. They prefer areas where there is some protection from the outside environmental extremes, particularly inside a building’s structural cavities. They may also be found nesting around electrical power points or switch boxes; this is because white-footed house ants seemingly have a fascination with electrical currents and will use your electrical wiring as ant highways. Often they will be found living behind and under kitchen cupboards, close to food sources. Just when you think you have found the location of a colony, it may be that there exist several satellite nests, all interconnected, extending as far as a neighbour’s property and well beyond. Colonies are likely to contain millions of ants. Those which are which are visible are a very small percentage of the overall colony.

More recently Argentine ant (Linepithema humile) has become more of a problem in the Paraparaumu and Waikanae areas. These ants are very invasive and will often come inside during wet weather. Targeted treatments to control Argentine ants are different than for White-footed ants. While both ants look similar to the naked eye, correct identification of the ants is essential for control. If you have an ant problems, we can help identify the ant type for you. Contact us and we will arrange an inspection and identification service.

To avoid an ant infestation, try these ideas: 

1. Seal up any ant entry points if possible
2. Trim branches of shrubs and trees that maybe touching your building
3. Maintain good hygiene by cleaning up any sugar-based spills immediately

The best solution to an infestation is to create an environment that ants will dislike and avoid. Whilst we provide a full pest control service and use a wide variety of treatment techniques we can't always guarantee the total elimination of ants after one visit. Re-infestation is common because there is a high likelihood that colonies will be located in and around neighbouring buildings. This makes ants a problem pest to eliminate. For these reasons, we suggest a longer-term monitoring and control plan. To discus any integrated ant control strategy and to conduct an initial inspection, contact us at Nature's Way.