Ants

Ants are the most common household and agricultural pest worldwide. What makes them successful is that these critters are small, and they live in a eusocial lifestyle. Small sizes make them an expert of hiding in holes, crack and crevices; excavating highway in your lawn and inside your property without you noticing them. They are social insects; There are queen, worker, and broods inside an ant nest. Like us in our human society, they are capable of communicating with each other, dividing job among themselves and systematically expanding their ‘family’. These allow them to thrive and proliferate in our living environment, becoming the most difficult-to-control household pests next to cockroaches and termite.

Ants can be found literally everywhere that is humid, pack of food sources and tons of nesting areas. Outdoor ants prefer to nest in your garden, probably under your flower pots, in one of your trees, inside the gaps of wall cracks, even in your car! Indoor ants tend to stay in your property for steady food source and shelter. Some ants can do both, they can nest either outdoor or indoor depending on their preference to your property.

Types of Ants

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Why ants are an issue?

  1. Considered as nuisance pest; Often found forage in a large group of ant workers.
  2. Source of food and medical supplies contamination; Ants can potentially carry harmful pathogens on their leg and body as they travel. These pathogens can be easily transferred when they come into contact with our food, drinks and medical supplies.
  3. Some ant stings and bites; Ant sting or bite may cause painful pustule. It may also cause allergies to some people, causing skin rashes, extreme itchiness, regional swelling. In extreme cases, constriction of respiratory tract, seizure or death could happen.
  4. Agricultural damages; Some ants have a mutual symbiotic relationship with agricultural sap-sucking pest such as mealybug, indirectly causing harm to the plants. The presence of mealybug is often associated with the presence of ants, where ants protect these sap-sucking insects in-turns of honeydew. Leafcutter and harvester ant are pests to agricultural pest where they dislodge foliage and leaves to feed the mushroom farm that continuously provides them the food they need.
  5. Structural damage; carpenter ant damage wood by creating holes and nest inside a wood structure, such as your furniture.

How to control ants?

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1. Residual Treatment

Our team will perform perimeter spraying that creates a layer chemical barrier surrounding your property. The chemical barrier will reduce the chances of ants from getting into the building.

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2. Ant’s Gel Baiting

Gel baiting exploits the nature of social insects (like ants) to carry the bait back and share with their colony. It is an effective and environmentally friendly approach of controlling ants, especially in a sensitive area where residual spraying cannot be done. It could also help to reduce the number of ants from the source, their nest.

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3. Garden Spray

Outdoor ants can nest in your garden area, forage on plants’ leaves and stem; Some ants may also nest at hard-to-reach area such as on top of the tree around your property. For these type of situation, our team will perform chemical spraying at planter box, bushes, on tree canopy, where ants are found.

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4. Sanitation

Always remove food debris, spillage of sugary drinks or grease on any surface of your place, to reduce the availability of food and water to ants.

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5. Proofing & Maintenance

  • Tightly close your food and water supply; airtight jar works best to store up cookies and sugar that is easily targeted by ants. Never left drinking water open.
  • Seal up holes, crack and crevices on the wall, gaps on floor skirting to prevent ants from entering the building.
  • Trim trees to prevent branches from touching your building; The branches will create a highway for ants to enter your house.