Ant Management

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We use environmentally friendly ant control products and have the ant management expertise to achieve results for you.

New Zealand has 40 identified ant species - they play a key role in New Zealand’s ecosystem by aerating the soil and aiding the natural process of decomposition.

However, when ants leave their nests in search of food, and stumble into our homes and gardens, they become a problem.  Ants live in colonies, so seeing a trail of ants could be a warning sign there is an army not too far behind.  Early recognition of unwelcome ants can be a game changer when defending your home.

We are fortunate in New Zealand that our ants are fairly timid and we don’t face major risks from their bites, however, they still pose inconvenience and problems.  The main issues are:

  • building nests in unwelcome places, like under garden features, pathways or underground cables 
  • contaminating food
  • unsightly trail of ants on your counters and floors

When ants identify a food source, they rally together in an organized production lines, these ant trails help locate their nests and food sources, allowing us to organise ant control solutions easily.

Environmental Management

Quick and effective measures to help reduce you ant population:

  • clean up any crumbs or liquids that may be a potential food source
  • seal and wrap food to prevent ant access
  • don't let dishes build up in your sink or on your bench
  • pet food and water bowls are a great source of food for ants, so choose carefully where to position these
  • in food preparation areas keep benches, walls and floors clean as grease and oil are a delight to specific ant species
  • regular rubbish removal

While preventative efforts are helpful, if you are already seeing ants, it is the nest in close proximity that needs to be treated.  Some things to consider are:

  • ants live more than 10 years 
  • queen ants will lay millions of eggs in her lifetime, possibly 800 a day
  • ants leave pheromones, which other ants use as their own satnav
  • ants work in colonies, so fly spraying a trail of ants won’t reach the source

Need to manage ants around your property?
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