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ants in linen cupboard
ANT ACTIVITY IN A LINEN CUPBOARD. This photo and the others up loaded prior are photo’s of an ant infestation in the linen cupboard. This happened earlier this year when it was very wet. We had already completed and ant treatment on this house approximately a month prior. Then as always this frustrating pest moved into this cupboard. According to the customer it was as if it happened overnight.
We went back and treated and now all is good

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Ant Attack


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There’s nothing more annoying than finding ants in the sugar bowl as you make your morning tea or coffee. Then you later find dozens more marching across the kitchen counter and think, where else they could be? Bug spray will get rid of them right? – Wrong.

Ant Characteristics

There are over 1300 different species of ants throughout Australia. Different species have different habits and different food preferences – some actually prey on each other. Most species of ants are happy to stay outside but some find indoor living spaces irresistible.

Locations in Australia

Ants are commonly found in all states and territories throughout Australia, however some species are only found in specific locations. While these pests are found all year round, they are more active in the summer months.

Where they can be found at your property

Ants generally enter the home through door and window gaps, building faults and can also be found in the following places:

  • Inside kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Inside external electrical appliances such as the hot water system.
  • Rockeries and landscaping.
  • Paths and driveways.
  • Near pet bowls.

Health issues and problems

Ants are known to spread the following diseases:

• Salmonellosis – caused by infection with bacteria called Salmonella.
• Dysentery – chronic intestinal disease.

Ref: NSW Government Health | WA Government – Department of Health

Ants also cause an unsightly nuisance and have been known to ruin and permanently damage electrical appliances, typically not covered by home insurance.

What to do about it

Early detection will allow for an effective treatment of an ant colony and will include the following steps:

1. Identify the species – different species keep different harbourages or homes.
2. Find out what they are feeding on.
3. Eliminate their food sources.
4. Create barriers to your property.

Need more help?

An ant inspection by a qualified pest control technician is the best way to ensure that the risk to you and your property is managed and controlled. The technician will apply the most suitable products after the species has been correctly identified and may include an ant baiting system. Natural and pet safe treatments are also available.

Things you should know

Like any pest, food water and shelter are the most important factors to consider when controlling ants. Other factors include:

• Vegetation close to your property – particularly in the tropics.
• Supermarket products only work on some ant species.

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