Ants are one of the most common insects on Earth, to the extent that some South American legends stated that the soil itself was made out of red ants, since wherever you dig, you will find these six-legged beings in abundance. Australia, with a hot climate that is well-suited to ants, has an ample supply of these insects everywhere – some 4,000 species call the island continent their home, and many of these naturally prefer the habitats that humans find most inhabitable, too.
Only a small fraction of Australian ant species qualify as pests, but given the large numbers of ants found in a typical nest and their diligence in working, it does not take many varieties to make things unpleasant for those who have an ant problem. Our Sydney ant removal services will help you cope with any of these unwelcome guests regardless of their exact type.
Ants are organised into a highly social nest, with a queen (who lays eggs), workers (who gather food, build the nest, tend the young, and keep the nest clean) and soldiers (who exist mainly to fight, either defending the ant nest or attacking other nests, termites, and so on). The ants you see in your garden or house are usually workers, since the queen remains hidden deep underground. Ants do not attack timber like termites, being plant, fungus, or insect-eaters, but can still cause numerous problems for home owners.
Traits of ants and some pests
Ants can range from the barely visible (a millimetre or two long) to the comparatively hefty (as much as 25 mm or 1 inch), and build nests of many different sizes. Some build large nests with many thousands of inhabitants, while others are limited to a few hundred. Generally speaking, the small, low-population nests have no impact on human affairs.
An example of a pest ant is the fire ant, a red ant with a black abdomen (rump). These ants are fairly small, generally being a 6mm or less in length, and perhaps as small as 2mm for some castes. Despite their diminutive length, they are extremely aggressive, and will swarm out to defend their nests with poisonous stings.
Fire ant nests are mounds of dirt with no visible entrances, although the nest may also be located in a fallen log, amid stones, and so on. Fire ants are found around vegetation (often present near houses, since people naturally want decorative plants near their homes), water sources and overgrown, brushy areas. They can invade areas of your house and attack you when you attempt to use those spots, as well as damaging agricultural plants and possibly attacking young livestock.
Possible health risks and other inconveniences from ants
Ants are a possible health risk if they are a species which has a sting, such as the fire ants. There are many harmless species, but those that are aggressive and able to sting can cause blisters, rashes, and in some cases either infections from ruptured blisters that become dirty, or serious (even fatal) allergic reactions. There is an especial risk for small children and pets because they do not know enough to stay away from the nests.
If you need ant pest control, our company can offer you freedom from these six-legged invaders with an efficient, effective treatment program tailored to your needs.