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Black House Ant Control Melbourne
Black house ants are about two to three millimetres long. They are black and shiny and have brownish Legs and antennae. They have also weak metallic lustre on gaster. Black house ants are widespread all over Australia and Melbourne and dwell in different areas. Black house ants generally nest outside, against paths, in rockeries, under bark or in decaying timber, under stones or dry logs, and other crevices. They may nest in cavity walls and sometimes indoors or in subfloor areas. Black House Ants may live in coexistent community with other common suburban ants however they might possibly be aggressive towards other species if disturbed.
Black house ant larvae are fed by the adults. They pupate and appear creamy-white, looking similar to adult ants. The adult black house ant has three defined body parts as head, thorax and abdomen. They eat a variety of food materials and are omnivorous. They infest homes and buildings in search of food and water. These ants prefer sweets but also eat the honeydew which is secreted from sap-sucking insects. They, like other ants, come inside buildings and houses looking for food. They are attracted by sweet and sticky substances, also cheese, meat and bread. Black house ants are regarded as a nuisance and scavenge in kitchens, stores, gardens, garbage and also dog excrement, therefore potentially spreading diseases such as salmonella.
Following are some tips and recommendations to prevent ant infestations:
- At all times cover food
- Clean up food and liquid spills straightaway
- Clear food debris from under kitchen appliances
- Ensure all garbage containers are tightly sealed
- Keep compost piles enclosed and covered
- Remove pet food when your pet has finished eating
- Seal ants access paths and points such as cracks and crevices in door and window frames
Effective black house ants control often relies on having knowledge of their foraging and nesting habits. To do a successful black house ant control, a thorough ant inspection, survey and analysis should be carried out. By following trails, the location of the nest, either approximately or precisely, may be determined. Direct treatment of the nest, where possible, can provide the most effective, long-term black house ant control. PestAway Australia provides professional and effective Black House Ant control services in Melbourne and all Melbourne suburbs. If you have an ant infestation problem, please contact PestAway Australia (Free Call 1800 330 073) for a complete ant inspection by a professional and accredited pest control technician.
Posted by PestAway Australia on 28th January, 2013 | Comments
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