ant-controlWhat do ants eat? If we know what they eat then we can target that type of food with baits. The baited food is then taken back to the nest and over time the nest is eliminated. This is an important consideration for effective ant control.

There are two main types of food that ants are attracted to – sweet foods or carbohydrates and proteins or fats and oils. However ants can be attracted to both sweet and protein. This is a challenge for effective ant control.

Ants can also be attracted to different foods depending on how many larvae the nest is supporting. Nests supporting a large population usually requires a protein rich diet such as the fats or oils. Nests supporting a smaller larvae population tend to be attracted to a sweeter diet such as carbohydrates.

Before we can control the ant, we like to identify the ant species so we can try and establish if they are attracted to carbs or protein.

The Singapore Ant is light brown in colour and they are a particular nuisance to us inside buildings. They are attracted to insulation and wiring and like to nest within walls close to electrical sockets. As you can see, an ant control program that works well is essential in this situation.

The Singapore Ant is usually attracted to proteins rather than sweet or carbohydrate rich foods so for a baiting system to work in order to control the ant then we need a protein bait.

The Black House Ant on the other hand prefers sweeter foods but will eat a range of different foods. When we bait this ant in order to control it we use a bait with a higher concentration of carbohydrates.

Baiting is usually a slow process. In order to achieve overall success in ant control, we need to employ other methods as well.

I like to use a special insecticidal dust inside walls and in the roof void and even in cracks and crevices. Once ants come into contact with it then they die shortly afterwards. These dusts cannot be used outside on the ground as they blow away in the wind.

Insecticidal dusts can be used effectively though for ant nests. A fine dust is pumped into the nest and enters all the galleries of the nest. Soon the ants living in the nest are controlled and eliminated.

Surface sprays are also useful for effective ant control. I like to have an external chemical barrier and an internal chemical barrier when ants are entering buildings. A surface spray treatment to the perimeter of the building as well as a surface spray treatment on the inside is also effective for ant control.

We inspect and survey thoroughly before we do anything. This is particularly true in effective ant control. We follow the trails and try to establish where their nests are.

We also advise you on hygiene and sanitation matters as they can attract scavenging ants. Crumbs on preparation surfaces and wet surfaces in dry weather can attract ants.

Ant control is a challenge for most people and with your cooperation together we can achieve success.

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