Ants belong to the family Formicidae. There are about 3000 species of ant in Australia.
The three most common are the common black household ant, which prefers food that contains glucose, the coastal brown ant or protein ant, which primarily feeds on protein foods, and the carpenter ant, which takes over moist or decaying timber and feeds on dead and live insects, honeydew from the sap and other sweet plant material produce.
Both Black house hold ant and Protein ant will invade the internals of your home or business. They will seek out food in your kitchen or food prep area and come in large numbers. It is important that any food debris on kitchen bench tops, cook tops, floor, cupboards and even microwave be cleaned straight away. Food should be placed in lockable containers and any sugar and honey jars be cleaned from any over flow and sealed tightly.
In saying all this, insects have great senses and can detect the slightest debris. It is important that if you have an ant infestation internally, the exterior of your property get treated. Ants are subterranean and live underground, so it only makes sense to treat the exterior surrounds and internals.
A good pest control company will advise you of the correct treatment method and treat both internals and externals to ensure complete eradication.
Carpenter ants are hardly seen as they take over rotted timber and old termite damage. If left untreated, carpenter ants can slowly eat away timber. They do not cause as much damage as a termite, but still not very nice having around. If you have any loose timber debris externally or under your home, it is advised that you remove any timber debris in contact with the ground. This will prevent carpenter ants and also the ever so destructive termite.
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