How to Get Rid of Ants in Sydney
Ants are a common nuisance for families and business owners in Sydney.
Most ant species are not dangerous, but they are an unpleasant sight and some species of ants do bite. Also more dangerous species like the carpenter ant can cause serious damage to timber structures (just like termites do). If you run a business, the sight of ants could scare away potential customers or clients and warrant a visit from the health inspector.
Identifying the species of ant can help you understand their behaviour and locate the source of the nest. But for many homeowners and businesses, this can be a frustrating and time-consuming task with no guarantee of success.
Thankfully, there are a few quick and easy ways to get rid of ants in Sydney:
Keep the Premise Clean :
Ants thrive on fatty and sugary food, particularly scraps left lying around. Pet food left out for too long can also attract ants. Get into the habit of immediately cleaning up spills, putting away leftovers the night before, and properly sealing all containers. For your four-legged friends, place their dish in a water bowl so ants cannot reach the food.
Apply these same principles to other areas of the premise rather than just the kitchen. That means every living space, bedroom, private office and outdoor patio must be regularly cleaned.
For businesses, put up notices around the staff room and workspace to promote the importance of good hygiene. Ultimately, it is everyone’s duty to maintain a clean work environment.
Seal Entry Points:
During travel, ants leave behind a scented trail known as a pheromone. This attracts other ants in the area who eventually follow the trail left behind. You can easily follow this trail and be led to one of many possible entry points.
Some of the most common entry points are:
- Gaps between doors and windows
- Cracks in the interior walls
- Drainage pipes, water and gas lines
- Cable wires
Depending on the size of the gap or crevice, you may be able to use gap filler to block their path and stop the ants from getting inside. You can also try to get rid of the ants by cleaning up their scented trail.
Find the Nest:
Sometimes no amount of bug spray can get rid of ant nests, particularly if you live in a high-risk area in Sydney.
That’s why you need to get to the source of the problem. But finding the nest can be hard if you cannot identify the ant species or the premise is very large.
Carpenter ants find refuge in moist wood such as decaying trees, bark, stumps and branches. Black ants often have nests underground around the perimeter of the property. Some ants can create nests inside the premise in the subfloor, between the interior walls and drainage pipes.
If you find an ant hill outside, you can try to kill the colony by digging a nearby hole and pour boiling hot water into it. This may take a few attempts until the entire colony is wiped out. If there is not clear sight of the nest, you will need to call a professional who can get rid of ants in Sydney.
Why Choose Critter Busters
Have you tried the above steps and had no luck? Give Critter Busters a call and stop your ant infestation for good.
Our state-licensed pest experts have in-depth knowledge on different ant species and use specific treatments to control the spread of infestation.
Each treatment method is safe to use around pets and family, while being affordable to suit your individual circumstances. And if the ants return within the warranty period, we’ll come back for a second visit until the treatment does its job!