The main ant pest species found by homeowners include:
- White-footed house ant
- Odorous house ant
- Coastal brown ant
- Carpenter ant
- Bulldog ant
A few of the ant pest species can inflict a painful bite, but most are a nuisance pest when they infest pantries, kitchens and barbecue areas in large numbers. Summer time is most problematic - the ants are out in force, building up their numbers and searching incessantly for food to be stored in their colony nest for the colder winter months.
1. Remove any source of food by cleaning up crumbs, spilt food and sticky liquids as soon as possible.
2. Use a household surface spray around windows, doors and any cracks or openings in walls, ceilings etc. Follow directions carefully
Inspect external areas to search for nests, following trails and treating them with effective chemicals should prevent the ants from entering your home.
1. Use ant bait granules or dust around edges of garden beds and along ant trails. Follow directions carefully.
2. Use outdoor insecticidal sprays around doors windows and under eaves. Follow directions carefully.
Locating the nest is sometimes impracticable as the ants may nest in concealed locations. However, where a nest is found, particularly in the soil, then an insecticide spray can be used directly into the burrow and the colony nests.
For advice on how best to deal with ant infestation go to the Department of Proimary Industries website.
What not to do
- Do not use any insecticides on kitchen benches, equipment or other surfaces where likey to have contact with food
- Do not use dangerous chemicals or flammable liquids to control ants or eradicate nests
- Ensure safety directions on the packs of insecticidal chemicals are followed carefully
Council Health Services provides basic advice on the control of ants. It is recommended that a pest control operator is engaged for more extensive problems.
Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
P. 1300 322 322
Council's 1300 322 322 is also the afterhours number to report emergency matters including dog attacks or threating animals..