Ants will travel far and wide searching for food, following trails they have established and clustering around the source of food, becoming a nuisance in homes, organisations and businesses.
Rentokil offers methods of ant control that are targeted to specific ant species. Our pest control technicians can solve nuisance ant problems quickly and, needless to say, with treatments that are safe for people, pets and the environment.
While a wide range of do-it-yourself products are available for ants, effective control requires a professional pest control service to gain control and prevent reinfestation. Our pest control technicians understand the habits of different types of ants and can offer the most appropriate and effective solutions.
Technicians will inspect problem areas, following ant trails to locate nesting sites and determine where ants are entering and feeding. During the inspection, your Rentokil expert will identify the ant species and its feeding habits. This will inform the baiting method chosen, for example, the use of sugar or protein based baits.
To help identify activity areas and hot spots, insect monitors can be placed around your home or business environment, with particular attention to food sources or areas or high moisture.
Baits are particularly useful in controlling some species of ant, and can be a relatively slow procedure so may require perseverance. Ant baits are a mixture of insecticide and food items such as sugar, designed to attract pests. Baits work well where the ant nest is inaccessible for treating with other chemicals and can kill an entire colony when worker ants find the bait and carry small quantities back to their nest where they feed it to the Queen, brood and other worker ants.
Insecticide treatments may be applied through spray to nesting sites, areas of ant access and travel such as paths, skirting boards, window sills, cupboards, cracks and crevices. Insecticides can also be used for treating nests located in enclosed spaces with sites of activity, or as a barrier method around the property.
Insecticide in the form of dust is used predominantly in internal areas. It is applied in cracks and crevices, such as weep holes, and is useful in sensitive areas such as power boxes and roof voids. The exoskeleton of the ant collects dust particles and transfers them to the nest, killing others in the colony who come into contact. It is not recommended for dust to be used outside as it may become unsettled and windblown.
Once you’ve booked in with us, see how you can best prepare for our service visit with the below list of prep steps to ensure effective elimination of ants - and keep them out.
Rentokil technicians are skilled, experienced professionals – they are state certified, licensed applicators and are required to participate in regular training programs to maintain their expertise. They understand the habits of each ant species and use that knowledge when developing a control program for your home or business.
Voted Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association (AEPMA) Pest Manager of the Year 2020, our local teams offer a range of ant control solutions for the most effective outcome.
If you continue to suffer from ant problems, our bespoke control service is designed to combat ant issues with the most appropriate and effective control methods.
There are a list of factors that will contribute to the cost of ant control:
The size and extent of the ant infestation in your home or business affect the costs of the ant treatment service. Problem ants are often perceived as those that have established residence within a property. They are commonly soldier ants on a mission to return to their nest with food supply.
The treatment required to address the ant infestation will relate to the overall costs of the service. There may be a need to combine ant control treatments methods and use them in conjunction with each other, whilst other times one method may suffice.
The larger the property, the more time required to successfully locate and treat the ant problem. This will have an effect on the cost of the treatment.
Sometimes ant management requires multiple treatments for successful control. This can be reflected with the pricing of the ant control service. For example, insect monitoring stations may require a revisit to ensure the problem is completely resolved.
Ants and termites often get mistaken for one another. Wrongly identifying one could result in a huge financial burden for homes in Australia.
Although there are 1,300 ant species known in Australia, there are relatively few that we commonly see as pests. Learn more about the most common ant pest species in Australia.