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.