Specialist Ant Control Brisbane
Ants can be really annoying – invading your home, digging up your pavers and ruining your lawn.
Although our general pest control treatments will prevent ant problems, if you have an ant infestation you will need a specialised ant treatment.
To get lasting protection from ants you need to kill the queen and eliminate the nest, otherwise the problem will return.
The Pest Doctors are ant control experts that use their knowledge and range of specialist ant products to eliminate your ant problem and provide lasting protection.
Professional ant treatments
Indoor ant treatment with ant bait
Ants digging dirt from under pavers
Funnel ant damage to lawn
For successful ant control it is important to correctly identify the ant species present and if possible, locate the nest.
Our treatments are designed to eliminate the source of the problem by killing the nest. We will use a combination of products to get the best results.
Whether you have ants invading your house, ants digging up dirt between your pavers or biting ants in your lawn, we have a solution.
Indoor ant control treatments
The nature of an indoor ant treatment will depend on whether the nest is somewhere inside the house (such as in the wall void or roof cavity) or whether the ants are coming in from outside. Typically the treatment will include:
- Application of ant baits in areas of activity
- Use of perimeter sprays for ants entering from outside
- Dusts / powders are applied to roof voids / electrical areas
Outdoor ant control treatments
Ants around the perimeter of the house and in paved areas require a combination of baits to eliminate the nests and sprays to stop the ants coming inside.
Outdoor ant infestation can be quite severe and may need an ongoing management plan (see note on invasive ants).
Lawn ant control treatments
Lawn ants are generally split into two groups; biting ants (such as the green-head ant) and funnel ants.
Biting ants are generally treated with baits. It may take 1-2 weeks to eliminate green-head ant nests.
To eliminate funnel ants it is necessary to treat all visible funnels with insecticide. When the ants dig into the soil they pick up the insecticide, leading to the elimination of the colony. It can take a week or so for the ants to be eliminated, but as we use long lasting insecticides, the lawn should remain ant free for many months.
How do ant baits work?
Ant baits are crucial for ant treatments as they are designed to eliminate the entire colony.
Ant baits consist of a food attractive to the ants and a slow acting insecticide. Ants feed on the bait taking it back to the nest and pass it on to their nest mates and the queen.
It needs to be slow acting so that it gives the ants time to take it back to the nest and allow it to be spread throughout the colony before they start to feel its effects. As such, it can take 3 days or more for a noticeable drop in ant activity.
As the various ant species have different food preferences, a range of baits are available based on sugar, protein or oil. Pest Doctors have the expertise to select and use the correct bait for the ant species present.
The other challenge in using baits is to ensure enough bait is applied to eliminate all the ants in the colony. For large infestations this can be a significant amount of bait and it may require a follow up visit and second application to deliver complete control.
Specialist ant sprays
We use specialist ant sprays that are slower acting that normal insecticide sprays. Ants cannot detect these “non-repellent” sprays, which means they readily walk across the treated surface picking up insecticide on their bodies. As they are slower acting, this insecticide can be passed to other nest mates which haven’t walked on the treated surface, magnifying its effect.
An important note on invasive ants
Some of the main pest ant species are invasive ants (not native to Australia). These ants create colonies consisting of multiple nest containing multiple queens and can spread over whole neighbourhoods.
If you are suffering from an ant infestation caused by an invasive ant species, it will be necessary for regular ant treatments to keep the ant numbers down on your property as they will always be present in your neighbours’ yards, ready to re-invade.
OUR PEST CONTROL STANDARDS
We will arrive when we say, or you will receive a courtesy call to advise we are running a little late. Please always rest assured that we value your time
We understand the importance of keeping your family, pets and the environment, healthy and safe. We prioritise sourcing the safest available products on the market to reduce the risk to your loved ones.
12 Month Service Guarantee on all pest control treatments. If pests come back we will come back and re-treat the area of concern at no extra charge.
How to prevent an ant problem?
Ants often come indoors looking for nutrition so if you remove food sources you will make your home less attractive to ants.
- Clear up any spilled food
- Clean down and under the oven / fridge regularly
- Do not leave unwashed dishes out overnight
- Do not leave pet food bowls out with food in or unwashed
- Food should be stored in tight “ant proof” containers
- Put rubbish into sealed bins and stack away from the house
There is nothing you can do to prevent an outdoor ant problem, except get a professional ant treatment.
Ready to see your Ant Problems disappear?
Ants aren’t just annoying and unsightly, their digging activities outside can impact property values and they are actually capable of transmitting food borne diseases around your home or business