How to get rid of ants

We understand how annoying ants are, especially when they are running around your kitchen as you’re preparing food for your family. You want to get rid of those ants and you have probably tried all sorts of traps – from the hardware store or your local supermarket. But as you know, these DIY remedies are unsuccessful. Why?

Ants never travel alone. Ants are ALWAYS part of a large colony, which can be made up of thousands or millions of ants. So, getting rid of ants is not as simple as just killing them as you see them. Most of the time it’s a much larger problem than you may think. You need a professional pest technician.

Why do I need to get rid of ants?

Around your home, ants are not just an annoyance but a hygiene issue as well.

Not only do ants contaminate food and cause waste, many ant species are also attracted to plastics in electrical, irrigation and other equipment. They can destroy electrical wiring and even cause electrical fires. Some ants can also inflict a painful bite.

Within Australia, there are more than 4000 species of ant. Some of the most common types of ants include:

  • carpenter ants
  • fire ants
  • bull ants
  • sugar ants
  • black ants
  • Argentine ants
  • pharaoh ants
  • red ants.

It is important to note that there is no one standard method to treat all types of ant species. Treatments vary depending on ant species.

When are ants most active?

Ants are most active in Australia during the warmer months, from October to March.

Increased ant activity in and around your home could be due to the presence of honey, syrup, sugar, fruit juice, fats and meat. Ants are always looking for food sources.

How do I get rid of ants indoors?

Most ants have quite a sweet tooth and are drawn to sugary and fatty foods. However, different ant species have different preferences.

Ants use pheromones to leave trails to food sources so other ants can follow the scent. You’ll have to do more than just sweeping them away or killing them as you see them!

DIY tips:

  • Clean up any food or liquid spills immediately.
  • Keep all food sealed in airtight containers, particularly syrups.
  • Interrupt the ant trail with a mix of one part white vinegar to three parts water.

To completely eliminate ants indoors, you need a professional pest controller. Precision Pest Control’s experienced technicians will be able to identify the ant species and then understand what food sources are attracting the ants. They will locate the nest and prepare a targeted treatment plan for that species. The colony or nest may be located within your walls or behind cupboards or even under the building or outside.

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How do I get rid of ants outdoors?

If you fail to address outdoor ants near your home or business, the chances of another infestation will significantly increase. Finding ants outdoors can be tricky. You may need to create an ant bait to attract them.

DIY tips:

  • Keep your yard and surrounding your buildings clean and tidy.
  • Place pet food bowls in a larger bowl of water to form a moat around the food.
  • Create ant bait with sugar and borax – the ants may ingest the bait and take it back to the nest.

To eliminate ants outdoors, you need a professional pest controller. Outside, a nest can be under rocks or in yard debris such as logs or bricks. Outdoor colonies can extend far below the surface, which is why you need a pest technician. 

Why you need to call the experts

Whilst there are a few home remedies to try to get rid of ants – from baiting them with borax and removing their trails with vinegar, to simply improving general cleanliness – these remedies are simply deterrents and often do not treat the source of the problem: the nest.

Without locating and destroying the nest, an ant infestation can quickly occur. Without the aid of a professional pest technician, finding the nest is easier said than done.

Eliminating ants is not a one-size-fits-all solution. If you are trying to treat an ant infestation at your home or business, you may not be able to identify the exact type of ant, which could lead to re-infestation. It is important to be able to identify the ant species so a targeted treatment plan can provide the best ant control.

Professional pest controllers will eliminate the ant colony and the problem itself. Your DIY attempts may slow down the colony or kill the ants you can see but it will not eliminate the problem. 

How to get rid of ants (once and for all)!

For the most effective control and to prevent a recurrence, a professional pest control service is required.

Our experienced team of professionals at Precision Pest Control has extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the habits and different species of ant, as well as the methods of treatment used in ant control.

Our treatment plan involves:

  1. A professional inspection to assess the extent of the problem and identify the species of ant, immediately reporting back to you about the severity of the infestation.
  2. A treatment plan recommendation tailored specifically to your home or business, taking into account the species of ant and the extent of the ant control issue.
  3. The recommended treatment carried out by one of our highly experienced pest professionals, with our 100% satisfaction guarantee.
  4. The Precision Pest Control professional who carried out the treatment then compiles a fully comprehensive report adhering to the Australian Standards, which will be explained to you under our pest control warranty.

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Safety first

Precision Pest Control uses only environmentally friendly forms of treatment, proven to be fully safe to humans and animals. Our experienced pest technicians will treat ants whilst ensuring the safety of your family and pets.

Precision Pest Control is the leading pest control company in Sydney and Canberra, Newcastle and the Central Coast in NSW and the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. All our experienced pest technicians are fully familiar with their local areas and the different pest species in their region.