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Black House Ants (Ochetellus glaber)
These ants are a small intensely black ant, they have a prominent node (petiole), and they are often found in houses around food cupboards and prefer sugary food types. They are approximately 2.5mm in length.
A pest control company would treatment them with a spray, or a dust concentrating on the entry points. This is where a thorough inspection of the property is needed prior to any treatment being done. To have the best chance of keeping ants out of a house is to keep high levels of cleanliness and hygiene. Don’t leave food scraps on bench tops or crumbs that may have dropped onto the floor.
Regular Vacuuming to Keep Ants Away
Vacuum the kitchen floor on a regular basis. This is the best way to help prevent ants from entering a home. Also keep the wheelie bins away from the home. Don’t let them touch the side of the house, as wheelie bins are a great food source for ants. Ants are great climbers and can easily make it into a wheelie bin. Also regularly clean bins wash them out once every 3 months to keep down any odours and food scraps that may be stuck there.
Clean cutters ants like the cutters because they are moist and get full of dead insects and leaf matter. This can be a good source of food and nesting area.
One thing to understand about ants is they are very resilient, and can regroup very fast after an attack from a pest control company. When dealing with ants the only way to rid them from a home is to destroy the nest. This can be difficult as the nest could be anywhere in the garden or house. Baits can be used to kill the whole colony but this is slow and if rain comes in the baits can be washed away, and not totally destroying the nest.
Find the Nest and Destroy It
The best way a pest control company can kill the whole nest would be to locate it and flood it with a spray solution, but this can be time consuming and costly. Preventive treatments are what is usually done. This is a perimeter spray around the house and window ledges with a product that has good residual properties for longer lasting effects.
Another area to be treated by a pest control company is the weep holes around a house, ants can get into these areas and build nests and even gain excess to the whole house. This is where the dusting works very well as the is an instant knock down for ants. The dust will start to break down the nerve system, and leaving them no room to escape and rebuild a colony elsewhere.