Ants are social insects that live in colonies and nests. Ant nests can be found in soil areas near the house, in the garden, in wood, crawl-spaces, in ceilings and walls and under concrete slabs.
New nests are created by queen ants that lay eggs. When the worker ants mature they often shift the nest from place to place as the moisture and temperature fluctuates in the nest. When the worker ants are looking for food and water they will often enter the house.
Ants are very difficult pests to control. There are several species of ants in Australia. It is important to identify the species to determine the best method of control. It may be that they need to be identified by a trained specialist to eradicate the infestation.
Some ants do have wings and fly. These should not be confused with winged termites.
Some species of ants are capable of causing structural damage to the home, or to undermine pavers, or they can short circuit electrical components. Some ant species may contaminate food and some species have been known to transmit diseases such as Staphylococcus and Pseudomonas in hospitals.
Fire Ants are a new species to Australia. The Fire Ant is similar in appearance to many other ant species. It is reddish-brown in colour. The nests are generally of a dome shape. Be cautious of these ants as they are aggressive and can cause a painful sting creating possible unpleasant side effects.
Our qualified and trained specialists can identify the species and determine the best method of control for your situation. Contact our office here.