Amalgamated Pest Control Melbourne is getting many reports of ant problems in commercial offices and warehouses in Melbourne’s western suburbs
Our highest enquiries regarding ant control for homes are occurring in the Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs.
During this cold winter we should not expect to have many calls about ants but instead we are finding commercial offices and homes are being invaded by ants.
Primarily black ants are being seen this July. Controlling ants is necessary before summer comes and they increase in numbers.
Allowing ants to be left untreated can potentially expose staff and family to disease organisms such as dysentery and salmonella.
Why ants need to be controlled?
- Bites and Allergies:
Some species of ants can inflict painful bites. Worst still is that bites of some species can cause anaphylactic reactions (similar to bees and wasps).
Ants can be vectors of disease organisms such as dysentery, smallpox and bacteria such as Salmonella.
- Ruined food and appliances:
Ants can be a real nuisance. Not only can trailing ants be unsightly but they can cause damage and spoil products. When their numbers increase they can get into appliances, baby bottles etc, and make life a real misery.
- Potential damage:
Depending on the species, ants may nest inside wall cavities, electrical equipment and roof voids. Others species nest in and around gardens and under paved areas, causing soil subsidence. Ant control preserves your property’s value.
- Breeding success:
The social structure of ant colonies means that they are highly adaptable, can breed rapidly and often seem to keep coming back in ‘waves’ – just when you thought they were gone!
- Work Health and Safety:
For a business, ant control is vital to ensure a healthy work environment for your workers and the public.
- Commercial Risks:
Ant infestations can cause major damage to products and property.
What can be done to control ants?
Main control strategies for Ant Control:
Things you can do yourself:
- Remove food:
You need to be able to reduce their food sources. Clean up all food waste and spillages immediately; keep food in tight sealed containers; seal up your rubbish bags ; and avoid leaving pet food around for long periods of time. Make sure that you pay particular attention to cleaning cracks, cervices, bench tops and appliances.
- Trim up vegetation:
Keep general vegetation around the premises under control to aid in ant control. Trees and bushes should not be touching the building, gutter or eaves, and overhanging branches should be trimmed back. Its all too easy for ants to make their way into your home via these ‘bridges’.
Amalgamated Pest Control – Your partner in Ant Control
While there steps you can take to minimise ant infestation, if invasions are severe or consistent, you will need the help of a professional for long-term ant control.
- We know the type of environments around your home that ants love, and have solved lots of problems (discovering their hidden secrets) over the years.
- We have the experience of knowing where to look and an in-depth knowledge of additional factors you may not be aware of.
- We have specialised equipment to gain access to normally inaccessible parts of the building structure.
- We have a wide variety of products and systems that can provide on-going eradication of, and protection from ants.
- We will give you a service warranty to ensure that they solve the problem – since not all ant control problems can be solved on the first visit.
What Amalgamated Pest Control will do for you…
It is vital to identify the correct genus or species of ant causing the problem. There are thousands of species and a number cause major problems in our homes and workplaces. Identifying the correct ant species is vital to identify their food and nesting preferences. A thorough inspection will provide important clues to a successful treatment.
- Environmental recommendations:
After the inspection you will get advice on environmental corrections that you can make around your property that will make things better and reduce the impact of ants coming back or being a real problem.
- Chemical Treatments:
Chemical treatments for ant control range from liquid and dry powder formulation to granules. Most active ingredients in these products are based on synthetic pyrethroids, which are much safer for your family and pets. Chemical treatments can sometimes provide ongoing protection (like a barrier) against future ant infestation, however this depends on the species of ant, and the type and placement of the ant control product.
- Ant Baiting:
Ants baits are a highly effective ant control tool. After correct identification of the ants, the correct bait can be selected and placed where the ants feed. The advantage of using ant baits is that the ants transfer the bait back to the colony. The disadvantage of using baits is that the baits may need to be replenished over time – and the ants will not die off immediately, so patience is needed.
Management and treatment of ants is best achieved through a team effort between yourself and your pest management technician.
Call Amalgamated Pest Control Today!
If you would like more information and help on how to manage ants (control them or stop them in the first place), call Amalgamated Pest Control Melbourne.