Ants Pest Control

Ants Pest Control

Long Lasting Ant
Control Solutions
Newcastle and Hunter Valley

Are ants invading your home or yard?

Ants can certainly be annoying – invading the house and digging up dirt. Biting ants in the lawn can be painful and a concern for children and pets!

But eliminating an ant problem can be difficult. Supermarket products simply aren’t good enough – the ants keep coming back!

For a lasting solution to your ant problem call the experts at Rebel Pest Professionals.

CALL (02) 4956 8727
CALL (02) 4956 8727

How we get rid of ants > Professional Ant Treatments

As with all our pest treatments we start with a thorough inspection to fully understand the nature of the problem. Identification of the ant species causing the problem and potential nesting areas are vital for us to determine the best ant treatment.
The objective of any ant treatment is to completely eliminate the nest – this provides lasting control. If we can find the nest, we will treat the nest directly by injecting it with insecticide or applying insecticide dust. However, in many cases it is not possible to locate or access the nest, in such cases we carry out different treatments.

Ant baits

Ant baits are the smart way to eliminate ant nests. Ant baits consist of an attractive food and slow acting insecticide. Foraging ants take the bait back to the nest and feed it to their nest mates, including the queen – without killing the queen the colony will survive and the problem will return. The baits are slow acting so they can get passed around the colony before it starts to have any impact. By the time the ants realise there is a problem it’s too late! Most nests take 1-3 days to be controlled but for large nests it may take over a week. We use a range of ant baits, choosing the best ant bait for the species present and your particular situation.

Ant spray treatments

Sometimes we will carry out a spray treatment around the perimeter of the building and entry points. Such treatments generally do not eliminate the nest but are designed to prevent the ants getting into the building.

Treatments for lawn ants

Our treatments for lawn ants will vary depending on the species present. Sometimes we spread a granular bait over the lawn, sometimes we will carry out a spray treatment (particularly for funnel ants).

Safety concerns?

We will always discuss any safety concerns you may have before carrying out a treatment. If we are carrying out a spray treatment, it will be necessary to keep children and pets out of the area until the treatment is dry. We can also use lockable bait station to enclose the ant bait to prevent unwanted contacted – these can also be moved around the house to areas of other ant activity.

What to expect from our ant treatments?

If we can treat the nest directly, you should have instant relief from your ant problem. More often if we are using baits, it will normally take 1-3 days to get control, but can take 1-2 weeks for large nests. Sometimes for large infestations a second visit may be required.

There are some ant species, such as the coastal brown ant (or big-headed ant), that infest large areas, with multiple nests. With such ant species, it is never possible to get complete control as the ants re-invade from surrounding areas. Our treatment will provide relief for several months, but regular re-treatments will be necessary to keep the problem under control.

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What are the signs of an ant problem?

Obviously if you have ants entering the house or you can see large numbers in the yard, you know you have an ant problem, but there are other signs that you may have an ant infestation developing.

Piles of dirt in paved areas and lawns

Ant nests tend to be well hidden, but outside their activity can be spotted by the dirt they dig up to make their underground nests. Piles of dirt between pavers and in the lawn are a sure sign of activity. These excavation activities are not only unsightly but they can cause significant damage in undermining pavers and causing subsidence in lawns.

Rubbish piles

When ants build their nest in wall cavities or roof voids, they need to dispose of their rubbish somewhere. Often you will see piles of dirt and dead ants underneath holes in the wall or below downlights.

Flying ants

During the warmer months, flying ants emerge from mature ant nests. These are the new kings and queens flying off to mate and start new nests. If you find lots of flying ants around your house you will have a large ant nest nearby. These flying ants can often be confused with flying termites and nearby termite nest is a serious concern. So if you spot some flying insects and not sure what they are, give Rebel Pest Professionals a call.

How To Prevent an
Ant Infestation

There’s not much you can do to prevent ants nesting inside the house, in between pavers or in the lawn, other than carrying out a pest treatment.

However, there are a number of actions you can take to reduce the chances of ants coming into the house. Typically they come into the house looking for food or moisture.

Remove food sources
Clear up spilled food
Don’t leave pet food bowls out (especially with food in)
Don’t leave unwashed dishes on the side after meals
Make sure food is stored in tight fitting, “ant proof” containers
Rubbish should be put in sealed bags before placing in the bin
Remove sources of moisture
Clear up spills and dirty dishes
Fix any leaking taps or pipework
Prevent ants entering
Filling any cracks around windows and doors where you see ants entering will also help (although often they will find another way in!)

More ant information

Although some ants are found across Australia, there are often different species of pest ant in the different parts of Australia. The climate in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, with its warm summers, mild winters and reasonable rainfall, is an ideal breeding ground for ants. 

Rebel Pest Professionals are experts in ant control. It is important to correctly identify the species present, as this determines which products and treatment methods should be used to get the best results.

The key pest ants in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley include the black house ant, big-headed or coastal brown ant which digs up dirt between pavers, and the green-head ant in lawns.

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