Barry Fitzgerald as Mr. Pest Man

Has been operating Mr. Pest Man on the Sunshine Coast,
Queensland Australia for 19 years, servicing from
Caboolture to Gympie in all areas of Pest Control.

Ants

Ants as General Pests

Ants cause problems primarily when they forage in buildings for food or water and when they construct nests in buildings and gardens. When searching for food, they can be attracted to a wide range of products with different species preferring sweets, meats, fats or oils. They will also search indoors for water during dry periods. When desirable items are found many species will recruit fellow nest mates to help gather the food and return it to the nest. This can result in large numbers of ants appearing over a short period of time.

Ants can be a nuisance when attempts are made to establish plants through direct seeding. Workers will forage for the newly planted seeds, removing them to their nests and causing reduced germination.

Some ants build nests in walls and foundations, or indoors in potted plants, enclosed areas, and even in cavities in toilets and sinks. In almost all cases nests are limited to pre-existing cavities or spaces between objects or in rotten wood and seldom will ants attack solid structures. Thus they generally will not cause structural damage to buildings but will take advantage of existing deterioration.

Reference – http://www.ento.csiro.au/science/ants/pests.htm
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Fire Ants

What are they
Red Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta, is a serious new pest which has been detected in Queensland, Australia. They inflict a painful sting and if not eradicated will seriously affect our lifestyle. They are the greatest ecological threat to Australia since the introduction of the rabbit and are potentially worse than the cane toad.

What do they look like?
Fire ants look very much like ordinary house or garden ants.
Fire ants are :
Small
Reddish-brown in colour on the head and body, with a darker abdomen
Come in a variety of sizes within one nest, ranging from 2mm to 6 mm.

Their nests can appear as dome-shaped mounds up to 40cm high. Mounds will not always be evident, but are usually found in open areas such as lawns, pastures, along roadsides and unused cropland, but rarely occur in frequently cultivated areas.

This species could easily be confused with the common coastal brown ant and as well as some local native ants, but can be distinguished by its aggressive behaviour.

http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/fireants/
© The State of Queensland, Department of Primary Industries 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

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