The Sunshine Coast is not surprisingly the perfect location for ants. Ants are everywhere! Ants are in homes, backyards, restaurants, bushlands, etc… Ants thrive in urban areas caused by our modified way of living. Most ants do not cause any problems but do become a pest to the owner/occupant. It is very common for them to enter your home in search of food and water. They discover left over crumbs very quickly and call upon the rest of the colony to come and collect causing massive numbers of ants trailing through your home.
Ants are often blamed for damaging the wood structure of the home as it is common to find little piles of dirt near skirtings and areas below downlights. You will sweep it up and then it is back again! Ants like a clean, clear pathway so will move any dirt, dust, wood fragments and debris (that is left in the roof and wall cavities of the home from when it was built). They will deposit this into small mounds leaving a nice neat little pile of dirt for you.
Ants in the Sunshine Coast can become a major pest in your garden often seen trailing through cracks in the garden paths and walls of the property. Overgrown plants and foliage near the house creates the perfect opportunity for ants to invade the internal area of your home.
The Sunshine Coast is home to a large number of species of ants. The subtropical climate and natural bushland creates the perfect environment for them. Peregian Pest Control can treat for ants and advise on what you can do after the treatment to continue to manage your ant problem.
Common Ant Species In The Sunshine Coast
Coastal Brown Ant (Pheidole megacephala) – Introduced species that is common in both urban and agricultural areas. Loves to nest in crevices, wall cavities, behind skirtings and architraves. Classed as a nuisance pest and tends to come into the home looking for food.
White-Footed House Ant (Techmonyrmex difficilis) – Nests seem to be found more outside the structure of the home but they will trail inside quite often following electrical cables and emerge in your rooms in search of liquids and food. White-Footed Ants can be hard to get rid of due to the size of the colonies but with the right pest manager they can be successfully managed.
Little Black House Ant (Ochetellus glaber) – These ants are a pest as they are attracted to your food. Common inside houses. Often found trailing in the gardens and along the external walls heading to the internals of your home. Love to nest inside your wall/roof cavities. These ants will leave piles of debris.
Ghost Ant (Tapinoma melanocephalum) – Very small ant. Loves moisture so tends to be found more in kitchens and bathrooms trailing to and from sinks. When inside your home they will eat anything sweet.
Household Sugar Ant (Camponotus humilior) – Nests inside houses in the wall and roof cavities. Many of the species workers are nocturnal so are often found wandering around the house at night but you do get some species active during the day.
Tips On What Your Can Do To Help Keep Your Home Ant Free In The Sunshine Coast
Cleanliness is the key factor! Food or crumbs can attract ants. Store food in tight containers. Reduce the moisture in your home including any leaks and condensation. Prune back palms, plants and trees that hang over or abut your home. Keeping all these tips in mind as well as scheduling in Peregian Pest Control on 6-12 monthly treatments, will keeps your ants under control.