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Brown House Ant Control
Brown house ants are very small and about two to three millimetres long and have one node on their pedicel. When they are crushed, they give off distinct odour of formic acid.
Brown house ants often form small colonies around paths and rockeries, in crevices, and in joints in brick and stonework. They may nest in soils or under stones, logs or woods. These ants enter houses and buildings and cause annoyance and considerable concern to residents. They can also cause severe damages to properties. They may form colonies with multiple queens. Big colonies can potentially be spread out into smaller colonies and multiple sub-nests.
Brown house ants prefer high protein foods like blood, meat, and living and dead insects. They usually forage in columns for sweets, fats and protein in houses and food handling areas. Brown house ants also collect honeydew from sap-sucking insects. Brown house ants may forage both outside and inside the house and create piles of sands and other debris. Brown house ants control in Melbourne is difficult because they form multiple colonies and sub-nests inside and outside properties and spread out very easily. Most do-it-yourself ant control approaches only kill the ants you see. For an effective ant control, ant treatments that can penetrate and destroy nests must be applied. These ant control solutions actually will help to prevent these pests from returning. It should be considered that available do-it-yourself ant control solutions and ant remedies do not account for the fact that different kinds of ant infestations require particular treatments. For instance, for an effective brown house ants control, a pest control technician must consider following steps:
Adoption of high levels of hygiene and following good sanitation practices are always very effective for ant problem prevention and minimizing ant re-infestation in future. Read more about ant control methods and recommendations…
- Perform a through ant inspection and analysis to locate ant colonies and nests inside and outside the building, identify their entry points and monitor their activity patterns.
- Choose the best physical and/or chemical ant control strategy and method based on the type of the ants, their nesting and feeding habits, their life cycle and activities.
- Do a direct treatment of nests of ants where possible.
- Form physical or insecticidal barriers between nests of ants and food sources and/or placement of baits in appropriate locations
Posted by PestAway Australia on 15th January, 2013 | Comments
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